WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- CNN has agreed to settle a multimillion-dollar defamation lawsuit filed by Kentucky teenager Nick Sandmann over its coverage of a confrontation with a Native American activist, portraying the Covington Catholic High School student as the aggressor.
- Sandmann filed a $250 million suit against the network last year, seeking damages for the “emotional distress Nicholas and his family suffered.”
- Sandmann’s attorney, Todd McMurtry, did not disclose the dollar amount or other elements of the settlement with CNN but told Fox News that lawsuits against “as many as 13 other defendants will be filed in 30 to 40 days.”
CNN has settled a multimillion-dollar defamation suit filed by Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann over the network’s coverage of his 2019 encounter with a 64-year-old Native American activist.
CNN is among three news outlets named by the Kentucky teen in a lawsuit seeking a combined $800 million in damages over what Sandmann claims was an unfair and damaging depiction of his encounter in Washington, DC, in January 2019.
It is still undisclosed how much the network is paying to settle the case, according to a report by Fox19 Now.
The 16-year-old was among a group of students wearing MAGA caps during an anti-abortion rally in Washington on Jan. 18 when his confrontation with the elderly Native American activist and ex-Marine Nathan Phillips was picked up by CNN and other news outlets.
Sandmann was vilified on social media over the footage which appeared to be racially motivated. The botched clip showed mostly white teenage boys staring down and yelling at the demonstrators. But additional footage released later showed it was the Covington students who were being accosted.
The suit, which includes a separate $250 million claim against the Washington Post, accused the paper, CNN and NBC Universal of targeting Sandmann because of his obvious support for President Donald Trump.
Source: New York Post