Nick Sandmann’s lawyer targets 5 media giants in new round of lawsuits

Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann is reportedly planning to sue five additional media outlets for smearing his name.

Attorneys for the student at the center of last year’s incident in Washington, D.C. filed a status report with the U.S. District Court in Covington last week indicating their intent to file complaints against Gannett, ABC, CBS, The New York Times and Rolling Stone before March 9th, Fox 19 reported.

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“All of the future defendants listed above have published or republished statements made by Nathan Phillips and others that Nicholas blocked or otherwise restricted Phillips’ free movement and would not allow Phillips to retreat at the National Mall on January 18, 2019,” the document stated.

“Nicholas reserves his right to file complaints in this is Court or any other court against any other potential defendant not listed above, subject to the applicable statute of limitations,” it continued.

In January, CNN settled a $275 million lawsuit brought against the network by Sandmann’s attorneys. The lawsuit was among others filed against The Washington Post and NBC Universal for their biased reporting on the incident at the January 2019 March for Life.

The then-16-year-old student was seen in a viral video standing face-to-face with Native American activist, Nathan Phillips, at the event and was shredded on social media for the confrontation. But a full version of the video that was soon released showed the true story and exposed the liberal media for its portrayal of what happened. Though some retractions were issued, Sandmann did not actually receive any apologies for dragging his name in the mud.

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The $275 million lawsuit against CNN accused the network of having “brought down the full force of its corporate power, influence, and wealth on Nicholas by falsely attacking, vilifying, and bullying him despite the fact that he was a minor child.”

Details about the CNN settlement and the final dollar amount were not disclosed, and the lawsuits against the Washington Post and NBC Universal are still outstanding.

“The settlement amount is confidential, but likely was in the millions given the intrusive nature of discovery Sandmann’s attorneys would have into the CNN newsmaking process, and the cost of continued defense,” Cornell Law School professor William A. Jacobson told Fox News in January.

A federal judge initially dismissed the lawsuit against The Washington Post last year but reversed some of his ruling in October.

“[T]he Court has given this matter careful review and concludes that ‘justice requires’ that discovery be had regarding these statements and their context,” the judge ruled.

A judge ruled to allow the full suit against NBCUniversal to stand, however, after an attempt to have the defamation complaint dismissed.

“NBCUniversal created a false narrative by portraying the ‘confrontation’ as a ‘hate crime’ committed by Nicholas,” the lawsuit read, alleging that 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.”

The student recently applauded news that President Trump was suing The New York Times for libel.

Sandmann noted the pending and upcoming lawsuits in another tweet and was met with plenty of vocal support.

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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