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Jewell Settles Suit Against ABC

November 17, 1999

ATLANTA (AP) _ Richard Jewell settled a libel suit for $5,000 against ABC for comments made by a radio talk show host, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday.

Jewell, who was investigated for possible involvement in the 1996 Olympic park bombing and was later cleared, sued over comments made on the Lionel Show on WABC in New York.

Henry Hobermann, head of litigation for ABC, confirmed the settlement, but would not provide details.

Jewell was working as a security guard in Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta when the bomb exploded on July 27, 1996, killing one person and injuring more than 100.

While he was initially praised as a hero for his role in helping evacuate the park, he was then investigated by the FBI and identified as a suspect by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Justice Department cleared him three months later.

Jewell’s libel suit against The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is pending. He has obtained settlements for unspecified amounts from CNN, NBC-TV and Piedmont College, Jewell’s former employer.

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