It’s official! Covington teen Nicholas Sandmann is suing CNN for a whopping $275 million dollars.
Reuters reported that the Kentucky teenager sued CNN on Tuesday for defamation, saying the cable network falsely conveyed to viewers that he was the “face of an unruly hate mob” confronting a Native American activist at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington in January.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann in federal court in Kentucky, seeks $275 million in compensatory and punitive damages over the videotaped incident in the nation’s capital.
Sandmann and other Covington Catholic students had been in Washington to attend a March for Life anti-abortion rally.
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COVINGTON, Ky. (WKRC) – Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann and his family are suing CNN for $275 million over the cable network’s coverage of the events on the National Mall following a March for Life Rally.
A tweet from a now deleted account showed a short video clip showing CovCath students and Nathan Phillips, a Native American. The tweet called Sandmann a “MAGA loser” and said he was bothering a Native American protester at the Indigenous Peoples March, which was the same day as the March for Life Rally on Jan. 18.
Longer videos showed that Phillips had walked up to the students, who did not engage him.
The lawsuit claims CNN’s “vicious attack” on Sandmann included at least four defamatory tv broadcasts and nine defamatory online articles. The lawsuit says CNN’s coverage falsely accused Sandmann and his classmates of instigating the confrontation with the Black Hebrew Israelites, which took place before the video showing them with Phillips, and instigating a confrontation with the Native Americans.
There were also claims that the students chanted “build that wall”, which can’t be heard on the videos.
The lawsuit claims CNN used words and phrases including “racist”, “mob mentality” and “looked like they were going to lynch” the Black Hebrew Israelites. It also claims they created a “really dangerous situation” causing Phillips to “fear for his safety and the safety of those with him”.
According to the lawsuit, Sandmann was an “easy target for CNN to advance its anti-Trump agenda because he was a 16-year-old white, Catholic students who was wearing a MAGA cap purchased earlier in the day as a souvenir”.
The lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of Kentucky.