Lawyers for high school student Nick Sandmann, who last month appeared in a viral video as he faced off with Omaha elder Nathan Phillips at a D.C. rally, have filed a defamation lawsuit against The Washington Post. A longtime specialist in libel and slander cases, the attorney is known for taking high-profile clients for whom he seeks "eye-popping damages" - according to a 2011 article by the Washington Post.
President Donald Trump issued a statement on high school student Nick Sandmann's $250 million lawsuit against the Washington Post.
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".
The altercation between Phillips and the Covington teens went mega-viral after many in the media assumed that the Trump supporters had accosted the Native American activist - later videos surfaced showing that they had been the victims of racial taunting.
Last week, investigators hired by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington concluded that the students did not instigate the confrontation with Phillips. Sandmann stood there quietly, saying afterward that he was just trying to be respectful, but media reports accused him of blocking Phillips in an alleged racist incident against the Native American activist.
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"Some students performed a "tomahawk chop" to the beat of Mr Phillips" drumming and some joined in Mr Phillips' chant'. A January 19 video clip of the interaction was titled "Teens mock and jeer Native American elder on the Mall", and other coverage incorrectly referred to Phillips as a Vietnam War veteran based on statements by the Indigenous Peoples Movement and Lakota Law Project.
A representative of the company told Cincinnati-area news outlet WLWT News 5 in an email, "We are reviewing a copy of the lawsuit and we plan to mount a vigorous defense".
It also accused The Post of ignoring online videos that showed a fuller picture of the incident and of using "unreliable and biased sources", thus acting with "knowledge of falsity or a reckless disregard for the truth".
The lawsuit accuses the Post of publishing seven stories with what it calls a "false and defamatory gist" about the encounter.
Here's a 4-minute video produced by the Washington Post on January 20, two days after the event happened in Washington, D.C.