May 02, 2019
Nicholas Sandmann, a Covington Catholic High School student, is suing NBCUniversal for $275 million for the scathing media coverage he has received earlier this year, according to his lawyer.
Sandmann was embroiled in a viral video controversy, where he and his classmates were reported as having harassed a Native American elder Nathan Phillips in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Video evidence and accounts from Nick Sandmann have since contradicted the reported events.
In announcing the defamation suit against NBCUniversal, Sandmann’s attorney, Todd V. McMurty said, “NBCUniversal created a false narrative by portraying the ‘confrontation’ as a ‘hate crime’ committed by Nicholas,” saying Sandmann was “an easy target for NBCUniversal to advance its anti-Trump agenda because he was a 16-year-old white, Catholic student who had attended the Right to Life March that day and was wearing a MAGA cap at the time of the incident which he had purchased earlier in the day as a souvenir.”
This is the third high-profile lawsuit Sandmann’s legal team has initiated. They are also suing The Washington Post for $250 million and CNN for $275 million, with McMurty stating that the Associated Press and HBO could be facing similar lawsuits.
Earlier this year, President Trump tweeted in support of Nick Sandmann.
“The Washington Post ignored basic journalistic standards because it wanted to advance its well-known and easily documented biased agenda against President Donald J. Trump.” Covington student suing WAPO. Go get them Nick. Fake News!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2019
– MK. II