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Convicted Killer Alex Murdaugh’s Son to Sue Netflix, Warner Bros. for Linking Him to Gay Classmate’s Death: Report

Buster Murdaugh to Sue Netflix, Warner Bros. Over Documentaries
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Since the Murdaugh murders, new light has been put on the death of Stephen Smith (right), with some reports linking Buster Murdaugh (left) to the death, authorities say.

Jun. 18 2024, Published 3:00 a.m. ET

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The only surviving son of convicted double murderer Alex Murdaugh is suing multiple parties over documentaries the studios produced, claiming they connect him to the murder of his former classmate, RadarOnline.com has learned.

Buster Murdaugh, 30, is reportedly taking legal action against two major studios and several media outlets for allegedly damaging his reputation, claiming the various films and stories written about the case have linked him to the killing of 19-year-old Stephen Smith, Front Page Detectives has reported.

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Buster Murdaugh to Sue Netflix, Warner Bros. Over Documentaries
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Smith, 19, an openly gay nursing student, was found dead on July 8, 2015, in Hampton County.

Daily Mail reported that an attorney for Smith’s family warned that Buster's attempt to suppress information would have the opposite effect and leave him exposed.

In 2015, Smith, who was openly gay, was found dead on a road near the Murdaugh estate in South Carolina. Police initially ruled his death a hit-and-run, but interest in the Murdaugh case and rumors that Smith and Buster may have had a sexual relationship led to the case being reopened in June 2021, police said.

Buster Murdaugh to Sue Netflix, Warner Bros. Over Documentaries
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There has been speculation the disgraced legal scion's surviving son, Buster, was involved in Smith's death, but he denied the claims.

On March 23, 2023, officials declared the teenager's death a homicide and his mother launched a GoFundMe to pay for the exhumation of Smith's body.

Buster has previously adamantly denied reports linking him to Smith’s death, slamming them as “vicious rumors.”

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Buster Murdaugh to Sue Netflix, Warner Bros. Over Documentaries
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Buster Murdaugh told Fox Nation his father had 'characteristics' of a psychopath but was not a murderer.

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In a court filing obtained by Daily Mail, the lawsuit cited the films Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal on Netflix; Low Country: The Murdaugh Dynasty, distributed by Warner Bros.; and Murdaugh Murders: Deadly Dynasty, on Discovery+. Buster is also suing Michael DeWitt Jr., editor of The Hampton County Guardian, a local newspaper.

The court filing alleges various scenes appear to link Buster to Smith’s case, and these “false statements were published to hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of viewers who watched the show.”

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Buster Murdaugh to Sue Netflix, Warner Bros. Over Documentaries
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Smith's body was found not far from where Murdaugh later gunned down his wife, Maggie, and younger son, Paul.

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Despite the allegations, Eric Bland, an attorney for the Smith family, told The Daily Beast, “I think the defendants will love this lawsuit because it will make a part three of any documentary.”

Bland added that Buster is “exposing himself” and the attorney is “very interested” in what information he may be able to gain about Buster Murdaugh as a result.

“I think this lawsuit will backfire,” he said. “I talked to a number of attorneys who were asked to take on his lawsuit and they passed. This will only bring a spotlight to Stephen's investigation.”

Murdaugh is suing for actual damages and punitive damages because of the “reckless conduct of the defendants in falsely accusing him of being involved in the murder of Stephen Smith,” WCIV reported, citing the lawsuit.

As Front Page Detectives previously reported, a jury found Buster Murdaugh's father, Alex Murdaugh, guilty of brutally murdering his wife Maggie, 52, and younger son Paul, 22, at the family’s estate in South Carolina on the night of June 7, 2021. He is currently serving two consecutive life sentences.

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