(CNN) – Ebony magazine is facing a $5 million lawsuit over its coverage of the death of a Georgia teen found in a school gym mat.
The parents of two former schoolmates of Kendrick Johnson accuse the magazine's publisher and writer Frederic Rosen of libel and slander.
The lawsuit filed on Wednesday claims articles by Rosen imply the two former classmates, who are brothers, played a part in Johnson's death.
Johnson's parents believe their son was beaten to death and dumped in a rolled up gym mat last year at a Georgia high school. However, a federal investigation is ongoing, and a local investigation determined the death was an accident.
Johnson Published and Rosen declined to comment on the lawsuit. Rosen's reporting on Johnson's death has been removed from Ebony.com.