CNN Settles $275M Defamation Lawsuit Filed By Covington Catholic's Nick Sandmann

CNN settled a lawsuit filed by the high school student who they accused of antagonizing an elderly Native American.

Covington, KY – CNN has settled the $275 million defamation lawsuit filed by Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann.

The amount of the settlement was not disclosed, but Sandmann confirmed that the deed was done on social media.

“Yes, we settled with CNN,” the high school student tweeted, according to CNN.

Nick Sandmann sued CNN, The Washington Post, and NBC Universal, seeking $800 million between the three.

His attorneys also threatened suits against numerous other media outlets and entertainment luminaries after they accused him of having antagonized an elderly Native American activist he encountered on a field trip to Washington, DC.

The outlets took video filmed by bystanders out of context and blamed the high school student in what became a national shaming.

But what actually happened was that a group of teenage boys from Covington Catholic were filmed doing school spirit chants as they waited for their bus to pick up their group at the Lincoln Memorial after the Right to Life march on Jan. 18, 2019.

A video was posted of an elderly man beating on a drum in the midst of the group of boys, and the poster alleged that the boys had surrounded the man in a threatening manner.

Social media went wild condemning the boys, many of whom were sporting Make America Great Again baseball caps.

Eventually, Sandmann outed himself as the teen in front of the group, smiling at the old man as he beat his drum and chanted.

"I never interacted with this protestor. I did not speak to him. I did not make any hand gestures or other aggressive moves. To be honest, I was startled and confused as to why he had approached me. We had already been yelled at by another group of protestors, and when the second group approached I was worried that a situation was getting out of control where adults were attempting to provoke teenagers,” Sandmann said, according to NBC News.

Additional videos were released that showed the high school boys were being heckled by a group of Black Hebrew Israelites when the Native American man drummed his way into the middle of their group.

Black Hebrew Israelites are a Southern Poverty Law Center-designated black supremacist hate group who believe that they are the lost tribe of Israel and that other Jews are imposters.

Gunmen affiliated with that organization recently murdered a police officer and three innocent civilians in a targeted hate attack on Jews in Jersey City.

Despite a hate group being present and harassing children that day, the native man confronted the group of teens.

Many of the boys’ critics who had initially condemned Sandmann and his classmates walked back their harsh comments after seeing the full videos of what actually happened.

But a number of major news media organizations, including CNN and The Washington Post, have not apologized for irreparably damaging the teen’s reputation and calling on followers to harm him.

Sandmann’s lawsuit against The Washington Post accused the newspaper of ignoring the truth and falsely accusing Sandmann of accosting Phillips.

U.S. District Court Judge William Bertelsman initially dismissed the case in July of 2019, but will now permit the lawsuit to proceed while narrowing its focus, according to The Washington Times.

The judge agreed to allow discovery to proceed on three of the 33 allegedly libelous statements made in The Washington Post’s coverage of the incident.

Sandmann’s attorney, L. Lin Wood, told the judge that the lawsuits against The Washington Post and NBCUniversal are going forward, FOX News reported.

Wood also announced that they intended to file suit against Gannett within 60 days.

CNN reported that the network settled to avoid a “lengthy and unpredictable trial.”

Comments (19)
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AprilShowers2
AprilShowers2

Good for him! The media needs to be held accountable for what they put people through just to boost sales, ratings... etc. Look at what they did to Richard Jewel. Twisting truths and just flat out lies. I hope he gets the others too!

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

The day the MSM started covering this story, I could tell there were holes in it. The kid was passive and just stood there and smiled uncomfortably and blinked as the drumstick came close to his face. The aggressor was clearly the American Indian.

Just saw this video which shows a more detailed account than I had seen before... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JMkzakXgIY

CNN is fake news. Boycott them if you feel the same. Write your airport and ask them to change the channel to Fox like my airport did.

Janken
Janken

Those news medias are getting terrible. They all need to be sued. What a shame. I'm beginning to think the leftist news people are our worst enemy

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

MSM only reports what there corporate masters tell them to. there all about money and ratings anymore!

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

Fk everyone at communist negative nonsense. The msnagement and staff should be dragged from their Offices and Physically BEATEN. No hard feelings of course.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Crazy

RPG156
RPG156

There was a time when there was such a thing as media ethics. That died long ago. Now, we must depend on the courts to babysit them.

Raymelson
Raymelson

I think more people needs to sue the lying media we can't believe anything they say there trying to destroy America an the rule of law I also believe were headed into another civil war an we need to stay locked loaded and ready

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I'm glad he got something. I wish it was $275 million, but he likely settled because CNN has more money to spend on lawyers than he did. After what the MSM put this kid through, that's the least of what he deserves.

Trish511
Trish511

I’m glad to see this young man won ! I hope you continue to win and fight those that lied about you ❣️🇺🇸

Heyb0ss
Heyb0ss

Not to mention the native american said himself was a veteran but was proven to a filthy liar

61mouse
61mouse

Now go after the so called celebrities

RunCop
RunCop

Don’t ya love tribal elders?

Giggle
Giggle

He should get alot more. Disgusting but this is exactly what the media does. I say public flogging!