CNN Sued By Covington Student In Massive $275 Million Defamation Lawsuit
Kentucky student Nicholas Sandmann is suing CNN for defamation. The $275 million lawsuit was filed on the student’s behalf by Covington Catholic High School.
CNN initially reported that Sandmann was the face of an “unruly hate mob” that confronted a group of Native American activists at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Sandmann, and his fellow students were in Washington to attend the March for Life anti-abortion rally.
CNN initially reported that Sandmann engaged in racist behavior after photos and videos showed the student standing face-to-face with Native American activist Nathan Phillips.
The lawsuit notes that CNN and parent company Warner Media LLC, aired four “defamatory” broadcasts along with nine online articles that falsely accused Sandmann and his fellow Covington students of racist conduct.
“The CNN accusations are totally and unequivocally false, and CNN would have known them to be untrue had it undertaken any reasonable efforts to verify their accuracy before publication,” the complaint reads.
The lawsuit was filed after the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington in Park Hills, Kentucky paid to conduct a private investigation into the claims. That investigation claims the students did nothing to create conflict during the rally.
In the complaint, Covington said CNN targeted the students because several of them were spotted wearing “Make America Great Again” hats.
Sandmann has been busily suing publications that reported against him in a negative manner, targeting Trump-hated publications. Last month the student sued the Washington Post for $250 million.
The Washington Post, owned and operated by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, has promised to mount a defense based on the fact that their editorial updated their stories as new information was made available.
The publications being sued by Sandmann are those most often targeted by President Donald Trump.