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CINCINNATI – The legal team representing Nick Sandmann is seeking $275 million in damages from CNN, according to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court on Tuesday.
Nick, a 16-year-old Covington Catholic student, was thrust into the national spotlight when videos of him and his classmates interacting with others outside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., went viral in January. He is represented by Todd McMurtry and experienced libel and defamation lawyer L. Lin Wood of Atlanta.
This is the second defamation lawsuit filed against a media company after the viral incident in Washington, D.C.
In February, Nick’s legal team filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking $250 million in damages against The Washington Post. Nick’s legal team also has sent dozens of letters requesting national media outlets and figures preserve evidence such as internal emails for potential lawsuits.
The lawsuit asks for $75 million in compensatory damages for “reputational harm, emotional distress, and mental anguish caused by CNN’s false attacks” and $200 million in punitive damages to “deter CNN from ever again engaging in false, reckless, malicious, and agenda-driven attacks against children.”
A CNN spokesperson declined to comment on the lawsuit.
The lawsuit said between Jan. 19 and 25, “CNN brought down the full force of its corporate power, influence, and wealth on Nicholas by falsely attacking, vilifying, and bullying him despite the fact that he was a minor child.”
View the tense situation through multiple lenses and perspectives, as Christian students, Black Hebrew Israelites and Native Americans get entangled on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
According to the lawsuit, Nick is “a young boy who was guilty of little more than wearing a souvenir Make America Great Again cap while on a high school field trip.”
The lawsuit identifies four television broadcasts and nine online articles as “defamatory.”
“A plethora of relevant video was also available online but ignored by CNN and the social media mob as CNN continued its false reporting over its “wire” and promoted the republication of the false accusations by news outlets across the country and the world,” the lawsuit said.
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