CNN Settles Suit by Covington Kid Nicholas Sandmann

By Craig Bannister | January 7, 2020 | 3:39pm EST
Nicholas Sandmann (Screenshot)

CNN has reportedly agreed to settle its $275 million lawsuit brought by Covington Catholic High School Student Nick Sandmann.

As reported at the time, citing an article by NewsBusters, Sandmann filed a 58-page suit against CNN in March of 2019:

“In an incredibly-detailed 58-page suit, the firms of L. Lin Wood and Hemmer DeFrank Wessels alleged CNN aired and published “at least four (4) defamatory television broadcasts and nine (9) defamatory online articles” in addition to a deleted tweet by CNN political commentator Bakari Sellers that called for Sandmann to be assaulted.”

The lawsuit pertained to coverage of an encounter Sandmann and other Covington High Schools students attending the 2019 March for Life in Washington, D.C. had with a protester.

On Tuesday, local Covington, Kentucky station Fox 19 reported that CNN has agreed to settle the suit:

“The amount of the settlement was not made public during a hearing at the federal courthouse in Covington, Kentucky.”

The Washington Examiner has subsequently reported that it has independently confirmed with CNN's lawyers that a settlement has been reached.

Sandmann’s suits against The Washington Post and NBC Universal regarding their coverage of the same incident are still pending.


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