The MAGA hat-wearing student that went viral over a confrontation with a Native American protestor is suing the Washington Post for $250 million.
On Tuesday, the legal team working for Covington Catholic high school student #NicholasSandmann filed a $250 million lawsuit against the Washington Post. According to the suit filed by Lin Wood and Todd McMurtry of Hemmer DeFrank Wessels, PLLC in the United States District Court Eastern District of Kentucky states the Sandmann family seeks compensatory and punitive damages.
The lawsuits may not only end with The Post, as Sandmann’s family is seeking damages from other outlets as well. “Lin and Todd will continue to bring wrongdoers before the court to seek damages in compensation for the harm so many have done to the Sandmann family,” the firm’s website reads. “This is only the beginning.”
The lawsuit has been named “For truth, for justice, for Nicholas.” An excerpt from the lawsuit reads, “Today, Lin Wood and Todd McMurtry filed their first lawsuit on behalf of Nicholas Sandmann against The Washington Post. The lawsuit filed is included below. The suit seeks $250 million in both compensatory and punitive damages. Lin and Todd will continue to bring wrongdoers before the court to seek damages in compensation for the harm so many have done to the Sandmann family. This is only the beginning.”
The documents argue that the newspaper attacked Nicholas Sandmann because he was “white” and wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat on the Jan. 18 field trip to the March for Life rally in Washington, D.C. The lawsuit claims Nicholas is at no fault because he was “unexpectedly and suddenly confronted by Nathan Phillips, a known Native American activist” who beat a drum and yelled in Sandmann’s face.
The lawsuit alleges 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.” Additionally, the documents say The Post is anti-Trump and is promoting bias to its readers, which in turn promotes their alleged “political agenda,” and “published to third parties without privilege no less than six false and defamatory articles of and concerning Nicholas.”