Washington Post slapped with $250mn defamation suit by Covington student


Attorneys for Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann who was maligned over a viral video last month have announced a lawsuit against The Washington Post.

It's a lengthy document and it states, among other things, that Sandmann is not political in any way, shape, or form, despite the fact that he (along with numerous other boys he was with) was wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat, and that the Post presented Sandmann as the aggressor without good reason.

Yesterday, Sandmann's attorneys filed a lawsuit against the Washington Post, which, despite a request to do so, has refused to retract myriad false and defamatory claims about Sandmann's "confrontation" with Nathan Phillips, the unkempt, professional left-wing activist who repeatedly lied about that day and his military service.

The text of the lawsuit further argues that Sandmann did nothing to threaten Phillips - debunking claims that Phillips was intimidated by him.

The Washington Post, for its coverage of the situation, has now been sued.

Video of the incident reveals Phillips had walked into the middle of the crowd of boys, beating his drums in their faces.

The lawsuit claims the Post "conveyed that Nicholas engaged in acts of racism by "swarming" Phillips, "blocking" his exit away from the students, and otherwise engaging in racist misconduct".

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The viral incident ― which was covered by many major news outlets ― caused nationwide outrage at both ends of the political spectrum, with perceptions becoming more complicated after more than an hour of the footage from the encounter later emerged.

The students were initially accused of instigating the confrontation, but video that emerged later showed they were being taunted by the extremist group Black Hebrew Israelites. "This number does not include those articles that the Post updated and changed after initial publication".

The president also commented on the suit Wednesday, tweeting that The Post "ignored basic journalistic standards" to advance its "biased agenda" against him.

Many students reported that they were confused but did not feel threatened by Phillips, the report said.

The President of the United States is choosing to stand with the Sandmanns in what could be a huge First Amendment case. It also found no evidence to support allegations that students were chanting "build the wall".

The text of the lawsuit was posted on the website of McMurtry's law firm, Hemmer DeFrank Wessels.