Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann has added NBC to his list of media outlets being sued for defamation. His attorneys have announced that they are suing NBCUniversal for $275 million.
The announcement Wednesday noted that Sandmann’s legal team was adding NBCUniversal, owner of NBC and MSNBC, to its list of outlets being sued for defamation, Fox News reported.
“NBCUniversal created a false narrative by portraying the ‘confrontation’ as a ‘hate crime’ committed by Nicholas,” the lawsuit reads, adding that Sandmann was “an easy target for NBCUniversal to advance its anti-Trump agenda because he was a 16-year-old white, Catholic student who had attended the Right to Life March that day and was wearing a MAGA cap at the time of the incident which he had purchased earlier in the day as a souvenir.”
You’ll remember how Nick Sandmann became the focus for the lies of the anti-Trump media in January when he and his fellow students were visiting Washington D.C.
Sandmann became the target when the group of Kentucky schoolboys he was with were accosted by a group of radical black activists and then rudely confronted by a group of Native Americans led by activist Nathan Phillips in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
Images of Sandmann standing with a slight smile on his face as the Native Americans sang and beat drums became “proof” to the media that he was taunting the Indians.
The media very quickly reported the encounter as if the schoolboys were “taunting” Phillips and his group of Native Americans and accepted at face value the misleading statements about the incident offered by the native activist. But subsequent videos proved that it was the boys who were taunted and not the other way around.
In reality, Nick Sandmann was merely standing there without commenting when Phillips rudely banged his drum in the boy’s face.
The lawsuit against NBCUniversal becomes the third major lawsuit Sandmann’s legal team has filed against media outlets. Lawsuits have also been filed against the Washington Post for $250 million and CNN for $275 million.
Attorney Todd V. McMurtry noted that more lawsuits are planned and the Sandmann legal team is targeting HBO and the Associated Press as well.
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