Nicholas Sandmann Reaches Private Settlement With NBC Over $ 275 Million Lawsuit After Network Makes It Look Like “Hate Crime” Against Native American
- Kentucky high school student Nicholas Sandmann announced via Twitter that he reached a settlement in his $ 275 million lawsuit against NBC on Friday
- He claimed in a 2019 lawsuit that the network’s report when it was shown next to a Native American “created a false narrative”
- Sandmann said the network “described the” confrontation “as a” hate crime “committed by Nicholas’
- In January 2019, the then 16-year-old Covington Catholic High School student attended a March for Life event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC
- Sandmann, while wearing a pro-Trump red MAGA hat, was approached by Nettive Americana senior Nathan Phillips.
- The teenager was recorded smiling as Phillips chanted the white teenager’s face
- The clip immediately skyrocketed to the fore in media reports, which claimed the incident was racist
Kentucky high school student Nicholas Sandmann revealed he reached a deal with NBC on Friday following the network’s coverage of a controversial showdown he had with a Native American in 2019.
“At this point I would like to publish that NBC and I have come to an agreement. The terms are confidential, ” Sandmann tweeted Friday afternoon after allegedly suing the network for libel.
The settlement of the lawsuit with NBC was Sandmann’s third with a large news network since 2019. The teenager’s legal team also sued the Washington Post for $ 250 million and CNN for $ 275 million.
Court records show that the New York Times, CBS, ABC, Rolling Stone and Gannett have also filed lawsuits against them.
The lawsuits stem from the portrayal of Sandmann, then 16, as a racist after the teenager wearing a MAGA hat was shown face to face with a Native American man on January 18, 2019.
Kentucky high school student Nicholas Sandmann said he reached a deal with NBC on Friday after claiming in a lawsuit in 2019 that their reporting on a controversial conversation involving Sandmann and a Native American “created a false story by describing the “confrontation” as a “hate crime” committed by Nicholas
On January 18, 2019, Sandmann (left), then 16, a student at Covington Catholic High School, attended a March for Life event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. Sandmann, while wearing a pro-Trump red hat Make America Great Again (MAGA), was approached by Nettive Americana elder Nathan Phillips (right) – a counter-protester participating in the Indigenous Peoples March
Sandmann broke the news via a tweet on Friday afternoon.
The Covington Catholic High School student and thousands of other students and life advocates attended a March for Life at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.
It was the 47th edition of the march, which protested the Roe v Wade Supreme Court ruling in 1973 that legalized abortion across America.
Sandmann, while wearing the pro-Trump red hat, was approached by Native American elder Nathan Phillips, a counter-protester participating in the Indigenous Peoples March.
The white teenager was recorded smiling as Phillips drummed a ceremonial drum and sang his face. The clip immediately skyrocketed to the fore in media reports, which claimed the incident was racist.
The 18-year-old has always maintained that the showdown has nothing to do with race and asked NBCUniversal to pay the astronomical sum of $ 275 million.
“NBCUniversal created a false narrative by describing the ‘confrontation’ as a ‘hate crime’ committed by Nicholas,” the costume read.
He also added that the teenager was an “easy target for NBCUniversal to advance its anti-Trump agenda because he was a 16-year-old white Catholic student who 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 today as a souvenir.
The lawsuit claimed that NBC “unleashed his vast corporate wealth, influence and power against Nicholas to falsely attack him despite the fact that at the time he was a 16-year-old high school student.”
In a DailyMail.com column last month, Sandmann compared the event and its aftermath to that of Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted of all charges after shooting three men – killing two – during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The lawsuit against NBC has reportedly sought damages for the “emotional distress Nicholas and his family suffered” as a result of the network’s reporting.
Last year, Sandmann settled legal battles with The Post and CNN for undisclosed amounts.
According to Fox, Sandmann’s attorney, Todd V McMurty, said the Associated Press and HBO could face similar lawsuits.
Twelve other Catholic students in Covington have filed defamation and harassment lawsuits against some of the same major news outlets, but a federal judge has dismissed them, citing varying levels of media exposure.