Covington High School student Nicholas Sandman is seeking $250 million in damages from the Washington Post, after the newspaper falsely accused him of racist acts and inciting a confrontation with a Native American activist in a January video-recorded incident at Lincoln Memorial.
The amount Sandmann is seeking in damages is the equivalent of how much the world’s richest person, and founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, paid for the Post in 2013.
The lawsuit claims the Post “wrongfully targeted and bullied” Sandmann, a white Catholic who wore a Make American Great Again cap on a school field trip to the March for Life rally in Washington, DC, to propagandize its bias against President Donald Trump.
Sandmann plans on filing similar lawsuits similar lawsuits in the upcoming weeks, the student’s attorney, Lin Wood said in a statement.
Here is the Complaint filed today against The Washington Post on behalf of Nick Sandmann. All members of the mainstream & social media mob of bullies who recklessly & viciously attacked Nick would be well-served to read it carefully. https://t.co/P3H4x0srlX
— Lin Wood (@LLinWood) February 19, 2019
The Washington Post, according to the publication’s Vice President for Communications Kristine Coratti Kelly, is “reviewing a copy of the lawsuit” and plans “to mount a vigorous defense.”
In January, journalists and pundits rushed to condemn the Covington students after a video began circulating showing Sandmann wearing his MAGA hat, staring at 64-year-old Nathan Phillips, a Native American, as he incessantly beat his drum in Sandmann’s face.
The short clip made it appear that the student, Nicholas Sandmann, was staring down Phillips, trying to intimidate him. An interview with Phillips after the confrontation showed him wiping away tears, talking about how he was intimidated by the students.
However, extended footage of the video shows Phillips approached the group of boys, drumming, as a group of Black Israelites egged on a confrontation. Sandmann did not move away as Phillips approached him, but stood still, looking at Phillips.
A report released last week by a private investigative firm found there is no evidence the Covington teenagers provoked the confrontation and did not direct any racist or offensive comments towards Philips. In fact, the students were the targets of discrimination by the Black Hebrew Israelites.