In Third Lawsuit, Covington Student Seeks $275 Million From NBC Universal

Nick Sandmann
May 2, 2019 8:11 a.m.

The Covington Catholic High School student who clashed with a Native American protester at a pro-life rally in Washington, D.C. in January sued another news outlet for defamation on Wednesday, according to his lawyer.

Nick Sandmann and his family filed a $275 million lawsuit against NBC Universal, alleging that it defamed Sandmann in its coverage of the protest by “relying heavily on biased and unreliable sources without conducting any reasonable investigation of the circumstances.” Sandmann has filed two other multi-million dollar lawsuits against news outlets over their coverage of the clash– one against the Washington Post for $250 million and another against CNN for $275 million.

According to the complaint, Sandmann and his parents allege that NBC Universal attacked the high schooler in “at least 15 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 CNN lawsuit also accuses the network of falsely accusing Sandmann of racist acts.

Clad in Make America Great Again hats, Sandmann and his classmates were filmed at a protest at the National Mall, where there was a clash of activists from various groups, including Native Americans and Black Hebrew Israelite protesters. In footage of the encounter, Sandmann is the student who was seen smirking and staring inches away from Native American Nathan Phillips’s face while he performed a song. Sandmann and the other students were criticized for their behavior, which appeared to be mocking Phillips and other activists.

Covington High School conducted its own investigation of the incident and concluded the students were not to blame. Sandmann maintains that the Black Hebrew Israelites instigated the tension, which the group denies, and he and his classmates were just trying to drown them out.

Trump has cheered Sandmann and his family for the lawsuits, tweeting after the family filed the suit against the Post to “Go get them Nick.”

Read Sandmann’s third defamation suit below:

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