The mega dollar lawsuit that the attorney for Covington Catholic’ Nicolas Sandmann promised against CNN is finally here!
They just filed it in court today:
THE WRAP – Lawyers for Covington Catholic high school student Nicholas Sandmann on Tuesday filed a $275 million defamation suit against CNN, saying the network’s coverage of the student’s encounter with Native American tribal elder Nathan Phillips in January constituted a “vicious attack” against his client.
“In short, the false and defamatory gist of CNN’s collective reporting conveyed to its viewers and readers that Nicholas was the face of an unruly hate mob of hundreds of white racist high school students who physically assaulted, harassed, and taunted two different minority groups engaged in peaceful demonstrations, preaching, song, and prayer,” according to the suit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Kentucky.
“The CNN accusations are totally and unequivocally false and CNN would have known them to be untrue had it undertaken any reasonable efforts to verify their accuracy before publication of its false and defamatory accusations,” the suit added, citing four TV broadcasts and nine online articles it considers defamatory.
Sandmann seeks $75 million in compensatory damages for “the reputational harm, emotional distress, and mental anguish caused by CNN’s false attacks” as well as $200 million in punitive damages.
“Contrary to its ‘Facts First’ public relations ploy, CNN ignored the facts and put its anti-Trump agenda first in waging a 7-day media campaign of false, vicious attacks against Nicholas, a young boy who was guilty of little more than wearing a souvenir Make America Great Again cap while on a high school field trip to the National Mall in Washington, D.C.,” the suit reads.
I know that Alan Dershowitz scoffed at the amount in the lawsuit against the Washington Post and he’d probably say the same about this one. I guess Sandmann’s attorney feels like they need to go big or go home. Either way, if Sandmann gets even a quarter of that he’d be set for the rest of his life.
Here’s a tweet from his attorney:
The journey for justice for Nicholas Sandmann continues. Todd McMurtry @FitLwyr & I have many more steps to take but we know change will only occur if there is accountability for false accusations. And change is needed now more than ever. https://t.co/nds9L3Wbk8
— Lin Wood (@LLinWood) March 12, 2019