Covington Catholic Excessive College scholar, Nicholas Sandmann has sued CNN for defamation accusing the cable information large of “bullying” him in its protection of a January confrontation on the Lincoln Memorial.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court docket in Kentucky, seeks $275 million in damages, $25 million greater than within the teen’s lawsuit in opposition to the Washington Publish.
Sandman’s attorneys have alleged that CNN “ignored the info” and waged a “7-day media marketing campaign of false, vicious assaults in opposition to Nicholas, a younger boy who was responsible of little greater than sporting a memento Make America Nice Once more cap.”
Based on the lawsuit, “the CNN accusations are completely and unequivocally false, and CNN would have identified them to be unfaithful had it undertaken any affordable efforts to confirm their accuracy earlier than publication”.
On January 18, Sandmann, 16, participated within the March for Life, an anti-abortion rally outdoors the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, together with his Kentucky classmates. At one level, he was confronted by Nathan Phillips, a 64-year-old Native American protester.
A deceptive video of the standoff shortly went viral, and main information retailers helped perpetuate a false narrative that forged the scholars as aggressors and made Sandmann an immediate poster boy for bigotry in President Donald Trump’s America.
Further movies and accounts quickly made it clear that Phillips initiated the standoff and later misrepresented what occurred. Some journalists, commentators, and celebrities responded to up to date proof by amending their views, and in some circumstances even apologizing.
An unbiased investigation undertaken by the Catholic Diocese of Covington later cleared the boys of any wrongdoing within the confrontation, setting the stage for the lawsuits. Sandmann’s attorneys have mentioned they’re contemplating suing HBO late-night host Invoice Maher.