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Nick Sandmann, the youngster who was forced to ‘face-off’ with a Left-wing Native American activist in Washington, D.C., and was bullied as a bigot by several media outlets, has settled his $250 million lawsuit against the Washington Post.
“On 2/19/19, I filed $250M defamation lawsuit against Washington Post. Today, I turned 18 & WaPo settled my lawsuit. Thanks to @ToddMcMurtry & @LLinWood for their advocacy. Thanks to my family & millions of you who have stood your ground by supporting me. I still have more to do,” Sandmann announced on Twitter, thanking his legal team Todd McMurtry and L. Lin Wood.
On 2/19/19, I filed $250M defamation lawsuit against Washington Post. Today, I turned 18 & WaPo settled my lawsuit. Thanks to @ToddMcMurtry & @LLinWood for their advocacy. Thanks to my family & millions of you who have stood your ground by supporting me. I still have more to do.
— Nicholas Sandmann (@N1ckSandmann) July 24, 2020
“We have settled with WAPO and CNN. The fight isn’t over. 2 down. 6 to go. Don’t hold your breath @jack,” he added, tagging Twitter founder Jack Dorsey.
We have settled with WAPO and CNN.
The fight isn’t over. 2 down. 6 to go.
Don’t hold your breath @jack.
— Nicholas Sandmann (@N1ckSandmann) July 24, 2020
In January 2019, Sandmann was with a group of fellow students from Covington Catholic School in Kentucky milling around the steps leading to the Lincoln Memorial when where Nathan Phillips, a Native American activist, was demonstrating.
Sandmann was photographed standing face to face with Phillips while the activist beat a Native American drum and was portrayed by many media outlets as having initiated the contact.
But video of the encounter that was subsequently released clearly showed that Phillips initiated the contact and that Sandmann merely stood facing him and smiling to diffuse the situation.
Because he and several of his fellow students were wearing red “Make America Great Again” caps — signaling support for President Donald Trump’s agenda — they were immediately branded online and by some media as racists and bigots.
This is elder Nathan Phillips, an Omaha elder who is also a Vietnam Veteran and former director of the Native Youth Alliance.
He is a keeper of a sacred pipe and holds an annual ceremony honoring Native American veterans in the Arlington National Cemetery.
I stand with him. pic.twitter.com/CplAvTlSQT
— Ted Corcoran (Red T Raccoon) (@RedTRaccoon) January 19, 2019
In response to the smears, Sandmann’s family hired legal counsel and filed suit against CNN, the Washington Post, and other media outlets who falsely claimed he was the instigator and that the motivation behind the encounter was racism.
“In the coming weeks, we will be carefully reviewing all of the false accusations and threats made against Nick. We fully expect that a multitude of civil lawsuits will be filed and aggressively pursued,” Linwood, of Atlanta, said in a statement after being retained.
“We recognize that justice for Nick will not be achieved quickly, but we are dedicated to achieving it for this young man regardless of time or expense.”
In May 2019, Linwood blasted the Washington Post for its weak attempt to apologize for the paper’s mischaracterization of the incident, which led to Sandmann and his family receiving threats of physical violence and death.
“A Washington Post article first posted online on Jan. 19 reported on a Jan. 18 incident at the Lincoln Memorial,” said an Editor’s Note from the paper.
“Subsequent reporting, a student’s statement and additional video allow for a more complete assessment of what occurred, either contradicting or failing to confirm accounts provided in that story,” it added.
“Too little, too late,” Linwood noted in a follow-up interview with Fox News.
The $250 million suit accused the Washington Post of “engaging “in a modern-day form of McCarthyism” wherein it “attacked, vilified, and threatened” Sandmann for being a “white, Catholic student wearing a red ‘Make America Great Again’ souvenir cap.”
In January of this year, Sandmann’s attorneys settled a $275 million similar lawsuit with CNN.
“The settlement will allow CNN to avoid a lengthy and potentially unpredictable trial,” the outlet reported at the time.
Jon is a staff writer for BizPac Review with 30 years' worth of reporting experience, as well as an author and U.S. Army veteran. He has a BA in political science from Ashford University and an MA in national security studies/intelligence analysis from American Military University.
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