Kentucky teen files $250 million defamation lawsuit against The Washington Post

Breaking: Family of Covington teen nails Washington Post with a massive lawsuit

Nick Sandmann, Covington Catholic teen, sues Washington Post for $250 million

"Covington student suing WAPO", Trump tweeted Wednesday after quoting part of the lawsuit.

Sandmann, a junior at Covington Catholic High School, became a target for outrage after a video surfaced in January of him standing face-to-face with a Native American man, Nathan Phillips, while wearing a red "Make America Great Again" hat.

The Washington Post is reviewing a copy of the lawsuit and plans to "mount a vigorous defense", according to spokeswoman Kristine Coratti Kelly.

The document explains that the suit is for $250 million because it is "the amount Jeff Bezos, the world's richest person, paid in cash for the Post when his company, Nash Holdings, purchased the newspaper in 2013". So, yeah... this lawsuit is seeking HUGE damages.

Attorneys Lin Wood and Todd McMurtry said it's their first lawsuit on behalf of Sandmann's family, and additional lawsuits will likely be filed.

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The lawsuit claims that the Washington Post ignored the truth of the event between Sandmann and Native American activist Nathan Phillips on three different occasions.

Soon, many media outlets were being accused by critics from across the political spectrum of either distorting the incident or of drawing conclusions from incomplete information.

In a video that gained worldwide attention, he was in an encounter with Omaha tribe elder Nathan Phillips, who was playing a drum and chanting at the Indigenous Peoples March at the Lincoln Memorial on the same day.

An initial viral video of the confrontation appeared to show Sandmann smirking in the face of Phillips while the Native American activist chanted.

A private investigation company hired by Covington Diocese in Park Hills, Kentucky, found no evidence the teenagers provoked a confrontation.

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Phillips claimed in a separate video that he heard the students chanting "build that wall", during the encounter, a reference to Trump's pledge to build a barrier along the USA border with Mexico.

Sandmann and Phillips have both said they were trying to defuse the situation. Video evidence shows a hate group called the Black Hebrew Israelites shouting insults, profanities and threats at the pro-life teenagers.

The teen's lawyers previously sent "letters for potential lawsuits to over 50 entities ranging from Democratic politicians to celebrities to media figures".

Bishop Roger Foys, who initially condemned the students' behavior, wrote in a letter to parents that they had been "placed in a situation that was at once weird and even threatening". He was chanting and beating a small drum when he came face to face with Sandmann.

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