Nicholas Sandmann reaches settlement with NBC in Covington Catholic High School controversy

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Nicholas Sandmann announced that he had “reached a settlement” with NBCUniversal in the lawsuit over its coverage of the teen in a 2019 incident in Washington, D.C.

The former Covington Catholic High School student from Kentucky gave the update via Twitter on Friday though he noted the terms of the agreement remain confidential. The lawsuit stemmed from media coverage over Sandmann’s confrontation with Native American elder Nathan Phillips when he and his classmates attended the March for Life in Washington, D.C., in January of 2019.

The suit against NBCUniversal and MSNBC reportedly sought $275 million in damages.

“At this time I would like to release that NBC and I have reached a settlement. The terms are confidential,” Sandmann, now 19, tweeted on Friday.

“Documents filed Friday in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Kentucky show both parties agreed to dismiss the case without a judgement from the court,”  the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

Lawsuits Sandmann and his attorneys filed against The Washington Post and CNN were settled in 2020, though the final terms were not disclosed.

The defamation lawsuit against NBCUniversal alleged NBC “unleashed its vast corporate wealth, influence, and power against Nicholas to falsely attack him despite the fact that at the time, he was a 16-year-old high school student.”

“NBCUniversal created a false narrative by portraying the ‘confrontation’ as a ‘hate crime’ committed by Nicholas,” the suit read, adding that the network relied “heavily on biased and unreliable sources without conducting any reasonable investigation of the circumstances surrounding the January 18 incident.”

Sandmann recently commented on the case of Kyle Rittenhouse last month after the Illinois teenager was found not guilty of homicide charges in the shooting deaths of two rioters in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year.

“It’s really a personal call,” he told Fox News host Sean Hannity about whether Rittenhouse should sue media outlets for defamation. “I know he has a lot on his plate, on whether he wants to entrench himself in this.”

“As a 17-year-old in Kyle’s case and mine 16, your mind is still developing. So to deal with an overload of stress where you have this feeling that half of the country; hundreds of millions of people; hate you for something that you are innocent of – but how you are painted can do a lot to you mentally,” he said.


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