Thursday, May 2, 2019

Lawyers For Covington Kid Sues NBC For $275M

An attorney representing Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann said Wednesday that he filed a $275 million defamation lawsuit against NBC Universal on Sandmann's behalf, reports The Hill.

“Today, @LLinWood and I filed a $275,000,000 lawsuit against NBCUniversal on behalf of Nicholas Sandmann. The facts of the suit show the anti-Trump narrative NBC pushed so hard,” attorney Todd V. McMurtry wrote in a tweet Wednesday afternoon.

The tweet included a link to the 179-page complaint filed by McMurtry and L. Lin Wood, another attorney representing Sandmann, that accused the network of publishing “false and defamatory accusation” against Sandmann in its coverage of him earlier this year.

In the lawsuit filed Wednesday, the complaint accuses NBC Universal of attacking Sandmann in its coverage by “relying heavily on biased and unreliable sources without conducting any reasonable investigation of the circumstances surrounding the January 18 incident.”

“NBCUniversal’s attacks on Nicholas included at least fifteen defamatory television broadcasts, six defamatory online articles, and many tweets falsely accusing Nicholas and his Covington Catholic High School ('CovCath') classmates of racists acts,” the complaint states.

According to the lawsuit, Sandmann is seeking $75 million in compensatory damages and $200 million in punitive damages.

Lawsuits were filed on behalf of Sandmann earlier this year against The Washington Post and a CNN, each seeking $250 million and $275 million, respectively.

Sandmann, who was in Washington, D.C., in January to participate with other students in the March for Life, came into contact with Nathan Phillips, who was in the area for the Indigenous Peoples March, according to multiple reports.

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