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Kentucky Teen Nick Sandmann Sues The Washington Post For $250 Million

Kentucky Teen Nick Sandmann Sues The Washington Post For $250 Million

On Feb. 19, Sandmann's lawyers Lin Wood and Todd McMurtry filed their first lawsuit against media outlets that they claim defamed Sandmann when the teen and others from Covington Catholic High School were confronted by a Native American activist, Nathan Phillips.

The goal of the lawsuit against the Post, the lawsuit says, is "to seek legal redress for its negligent, reckless, and malicious attacks on Nicholas which caused permanent damage to his life and reputation".

Video showed a smiling Sandman, wearing a red "Make America Great Again" hat, standing in front of Phillips as he banged on a drum.

"This is only the beginning", said the firm's website, adding that the $250 million in damages was also the amount paid by Amazon owner Jeff Bezos when he bought the paper in 2013.

Attorneys for the Covington Catholic High School student caught up in a firestorm after video of a confrontation between students and a Native American activist was posted online filed a suit against the Washington Post Tuesday.

The US teenager at the centre of a viral video controversy featuring a Native American in Washington is now suing a media organisation for $250 million.

The lawsuit, filed on Nick's behalf by his parents, Ted and Julie Sandmann, accuses The Washington Post of "negligently and with actual malice" publishing "false and defamatory" articles about Nick, causing him "substantial reputational and emotional harm".

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It's unclear whether that means other students will be suing the Post, or Sandmann himself will be suing other publications, but either way... this isn't the last we've heard of this story.

Kristine Coratti Kelly, Washington Post vice president for communications, said the newspaper would fight the lawsuit.

According to the allegations made in the complaint, Nicholas Sandmann and his classmates were waiting for a bus at the Lincoln Memorial after attending the March for Life rally on the Mall when a group of African-American men who call themselves Hebrew Israelites began yelling racial epithets at them.

Phillips claimed in a separate video that he heard the students chanting 'build that wall, ' during the encounter, a reference to Trump's pledge to build a barrier along the US border with Mexico.

The paper would later correct its misstatements about Phillips's military service and dedicate substantial time to news coverage of the aftermath and editorial dissections of the way the widely disseminated clips used viewers' biases against them.

The teen was vilified on social media until more extensive footage released later that weekend showed that Mr. Phillips initiated the contact by approaching the group of Catholic students and worked his way into their cheer circle as he beat a drum.