Lawyers for Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against NBCUniversal seeking $275 million for false and defamatory media coverage related to the viral incident that happened in Washington, D.C., following the March for Life in January.Filed under lawsuits I hope will succeed.
"Today, Nicholas Sandmann sued NBC & MSNBC for defamation in federal court in Kentucky seeking accountability for false accusations," Sandmann's attorney L. Lin Wood announced on Twitter. "Nicholas did not instigate a hate crime or engage in racist conduct."
Wood, an Atlanta-based attorney who specializes in aggressive defamation suits against the media, was hired by the Sandmanns, along with family lawyer Todd McMurtry, to bring justice to Nick, after the 16-year-old's name was dragged through the mud following the incident in D.C. A short video clip that went viral on Twitter gave many people the false impression that Sandmann and the Covington Catholic boys were targeting and mocking Native American activist Nathan Phillips.
Subsequent video clips showed that the Covington kids were the ones who were targeted by two separate groups of protesters -- the Native American group led by Phillips and a black separatist group that viciously heckled the boys for over an hour. Contrary to the original narrative, the kids didn't mob and block Phillips -- the activist walked right up to them and stopped in front of the MAGA hat-wearing Sandmann while loudly beating a drum and chanting in his face.
"Instead of accurately reporting on the event, NBCUniversal published and broadcast a false storyline – portraying the January 18 incident as a hate crime even after the truth surfaced," the lawyer's complaint states. "NBCUniversal continued to cling to its description of the January 18 incident as a hate crime in an effort to cover up its journalistic failures and its inaccurate reporting."
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The NBCUniversal lawsuit is the third Sandmann's legal team has launched. Sandmann is also suing the Washington Post for $250 million as well as CNN for $275 million.
Wood and McMurtry announced in March that they sent preservation letters to over 50 media outlets, individual journalists, celebrities, including the Associated Press and HBO.
Wood also said that he intends to file suit against Nathan Phillips, whose false accusations got the ball rolling on the agenda-driven smear campaign against Sandmann and the rest of the Covington boys.
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