Covington Catholic teen sues Washington Post for $250 MILLION


A lawsuit filed on the behalf of Nicholas Sandmann, a Covington Catholic High School student, is seeking $250 million in damages from the Washington Post, according to the website for the Hemmer DeFrank Wessles law firm.

It added, "The Post ignored basic journalist standards because it wanted to advance its well-known and easily documented, biased agenda against President Donald J. Trump by impugning individuals perceived to be supporters of the President".

A teenager who was pictured wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat during a stand-off with a Native American activist is suing the Washington Post for defamation - to the tune of $250m.

The lawsuit, filed in Kentucky federal court, seeks $50 million in compensatory damages and $200 million in punitive damages, as well as attorneys' fees, "to deter [WaPo] from repeating such egregiously unlawful misconduct in the future".

The lawsuit says The Post "published to third parties without privilege no less than six false and defamatory articles of and concerning Nicholas, including two in its print newspaper and four online".

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The complaint argues that the newspaper falsely conveyed the impression that the 16-year-old pro-life marcher "engaged in acts of racism by "swarming" Phillips, "blocking" his exit away from the students, and otherwise engaging in racist misconduct".

Nicholas Sandmann, who sued the newspaper through his parents, Ted and Julie Sandmann, became an global figure after video showed him smiling and standing face-to-face with Mr. Phillips in a crowd of students on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Washington Post spokesperson Kris Coratti told Fox News in an email that the paper was "reviewing a copy of the lawsuit, and we plan to mount a vigorous defense".

Phillips claimed in a separate video that he heard the students chanting 'build that wall, ' during the encounter, a reference to Trump's pledge to build a barrier along the USA border with Mexico. He also represented John and Patsy Ramsey in pursuing defamation claims against media outlets in connection with reports on the death of their young daughter, JonBenet.

Phillips, a Native American elder, was attending an Indigenous People's March at the National Mall at the same time. Leader Nathan Phillips, who said he believed he was witnessing a confrontation that could soon escalate, waded into the crowd of Covington students while singing and playing a traditional drum.