Nicholas Sandmann Settles $275 Million Defamation Lawsuit with NBC
Covington teen announces victory in case against third 'news' network
Nicholas Sandmann, the Covington Catholic High School student who was smeared with false claims by several U.S. "news" networks, has scored another big win after NBC has now settled his defamation lawsuit.
On Friday, Sandmann announced that he settled a $275 million defamation lawsuit against NBC.
However, neither party has revealed the terms of the settlement.
Sandmann had asked for $275 million in damages in his lawsuit against NBC Universal and MSNBC.
The teen has already won his cases against CNN and the Washington Post for their false and damaging claims about him.
While it's unclear on the amount of the settlement, the total for all the suits is likely to run into hundreds of millions of dollars.
"At this time I would like to release that NBC and I have reached a settlement,” Sandmann tweeted.
"The terms are confidential.”
At this time I would like to release that NBC and I have reached a settlement. The terms are confidential.— Nicholas Sandmann (@N1ckSandmann) December 17, 2021
NBC is the third corporate media organization to settle with Sandmann after he and his classmates were accused of mocking Native American activist Nathan Phillips during last January’s March for Life event.
Sandmann was wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat while he stood close to Phillips with an apparent smirk on his face that was widely noted and mocked.
Many in the media painted Sandmanmn as an aggressive racist who initiated the conflict with Phillips.
However, an independent investigation concluded there was “no evidence that the students performed a ‘Build the wall’ chant.”
In the days after the media’s attacks on Sandmann, witness cell phone footage showed that Phillips initially approached Sandmann.
Footage also showed that a group of Black Hebrew Israelites confronted both Sandmann’s and Phillips’ groups well before the two were face to face.
In an interview with NBC, Sandmann explained that he stayed in Phillips’ face because he did not want to be, as he said:
…viewed as disrespectful. Well, now I wish I would have walked away. I didn’t want to be disrespectful to Mr. Phillips and walk away if he was trying to talk to me. But certainly I was surrounded by a lot of people I didn’t know that had their phones out, had cameras and I didn’t want to bump into anyone or seem like I was trying to do something.
Sandmann’s attorneys accused NBC of making “at least fifteen defamatory television broadcasts, six defamatory online articles, and many tweets falsely accusing Nicholas and his Covington Catholic High School (‘CovCath’) classmates of racist acts.”
Sandmann’s settlement with NBC comes after two settlements with the Washington Post and CNN.
He settled the $275 million lawsuit with CNN in January and the $250 million suit against the Washington Post in July.
Last year, Sandmann’s attorney, Todd McMurtry, said, “As many as 13 other defendants will be filed.”
Other defendants included ABC, CBS, the Guardian, Huffington Post, NPR, the Hill, and smaller outlets.