The lawyers for Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann filed a $275 million lawsuit against NBCUniversal on Wednesday. The lawsuit alleges that the network “published false and defamatory accusations” against the 16-year-old.
“NBCUniversal attacked Nicholas by relying heavily on biased and unreliable sources without conducting any reasonable investigation of the circumstances surrounding the January 18 incident,” the suit reads, which Sandmann’s lawyer posted on Twitter, as reported by The Washington Times. (RELATED: Nathan Phillips And Other Protesters Storm DC Basilica, Demand Punishment For Covington Boys)
Today, @LLinWood and I filed a $275,000,000 lawsuit against NBCUniversal on behalf of Nicholas Sandmann. The facts of the suit show the anti-Trump narrative NBC pushed so hard. Here is a link if you wish to read it: https://t.co/X6v4HBqxXk pic.twitter.com/jcRTnWh5hl
— Todd V. McMurtry (@ToddMcMurtry) May 1, 2019
A January video went viral that allegedly showed Sandmann and his classmates taunting a Native American man, with many outlets reporting that they were the instigators in the conflict, but it turned out only to distort the actual events that unfolded. The longer video showed the students had seemingly been harassed by a group of “Black Hebrew Israelite” protesters, which had not been seen in the original viral clip. (RELATED: Covington Catholic Student In MAGA Hat Says He Wasn’t Disrespectful)
Today, Nicholas Sandmann sued NBC & MSNBC for defamation in federal court in Kentucky seeking accountability for false accusations. Nicholas did not instigate a hate crime or engage in racist conduct. Complaint available @ToddMcMurtry. #ReformOurMedia
— Lin Wood (@LLinWood) May 1, 2019
“NBCUniversal’s attacks on Nicholas included at least fifteen (15) defamatory television broadcasts, six (6) defamatory online articles, and many tweets falsely accusing Nicholas and his Covington Catholic High School (“CovCath”) classmates of racists acts, including among other thing,” it continued. “NBC Universal continued to promote its false narrative that Nicholas had instigated a racist confrontation with Phillips long after Phillips was exposed as a fraud whose version of events was not entitled to any credibility by responsible members of the media.”