Nicholas Sandmann, Washington Post reach settlement in defamation suit over viral video

Following a viral scene depicting an interaction between Covington Catholic High School students and a Native American protester in January 2019, Nicholas Sandmann drew criticism as an allegedly racist Trump supporter harassing the man seen facing him.

As it turned out, many reports got the facts wrong and Sandmann filed a suit against multiple media outlets for defamation. One such suit was just settled for an undisclosed amount, according to The Hill.

“The fight isn’t over”

The lawsuit had made a claim for $250 million in damages from the Washington Post over its coverage of the incident.

Sandmann announced the development in a tweet on Friday, which happened to be his 18th birthday.

“On 2/19/19, I filed $250M defamation lawsuit against Washington Post,” he wrote. “Today, I turned 18 & WaPo settled my lawsuit.”

He expressed thanks to his attorneys and those who supported his effort, promising there will be more to come. As for his next steps, Sandmann noted that he had already settled with CNN in addition to the Post.

“The fight isn’t over,” he tweeted. “2 down. 6 to go. Don’t hold your breath [Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey].”

“Mutually agreeable resolution”

Sandmann confirmed to the Examiner that the remainin four outlets he has sued included ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, Gannett, The New York Times, and Rolling Stone. As the Washington Examiner reported, Sandmann sued CNN for $275 million in his defamation claim against the cable news network and has since reached an undisclosed settlement.

The video clip at the root of the controversy revealed an exchange in front of the Lincoln Memorial during last year’s March for Life event. The group of Covington students, and Sandmann specifically, were clad in Trump campaign hats and subsequently subjected to accusations of bigotry and racism.

Further context, however, showed that it was the group of students who had been harassed by groups including the Black Hebrew Israelites.

Despite reaching a financial settlement, a spokesperson for the Post said that company is pleased to have reached “a mutually agreeable resolution of the remaining claims in this lawsuit.”

While conservatives might face ridicule for claiming a liberal bias in the mainstream media, these settlements seem to give such arguments some added credence.

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