In February 2019, Covington Student Nick Sandmann’s family hired famed lawyer L. Lin Wood to take on the media and individuals who slandered the 16-year-old Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann, after a video showing fake Vietnam war veteran Nathan Phillips banging a drum in his face in Washington D.C. went viral.
Wood is famous for winning defamation suits. He’s who you’d want if you were in the shoes of the Sandmann family. They wanted their son’s name cleared and restored to good standing after the media and others blamed him for an incident that happened at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial. The media twisted the truth from the beginning, but eventually, several videos proved the students were actually the victims and not the protagonists of the altercation.
After almost one year, the now 17-year-old Nick Sandmann and his family are about to receive some compensation for having their lives turned upside down by a hateful, bullying media.
The Washingon Times is reporting that CNN reportedly agreed Tuesday to settle a $275 million lawsuit filed by Covington Catholic student Nicholas Sandmann over the network’s coverage of his viral encounter with an elderly Native American activist.
The details of the settlement were not disclosed during proceedings at the federal courthouse in Covington, Kentucky, according to Fox19 in Cincinnati.
The teen’s family filed lawsuits against CNN, NBCUniversal and the Washington Post over-reporting on the January 2019 incident in which Nicholas was filmed standing face-to-face with Omaha elder Nathan Phillips as he played a drum on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Attorneys for the Sandmann family accused the network of “bullying” the Covington Catholic High School student, who wore a red Make America Great Again ball cap, to push a political agenda, which CNN has denied.
“Contrary to its ‘Facts First’ public relations ploy, CNN ignored the facts and put its anti-Trump agenda first in waging a 7-day media campaign of false, vicious attacks against Nicholas, a young boy who was guilty of little more than wearing a souvenir Make America Great Again cap,” said the 58-page lawsuit filed in May.