Nicholas Sandmann, the Covington Catholic High School student who was shown in a video facing a Native American activist during January's March for Live may sue CNN for at least $250 million, his attorney says.
L. Lin Wood, Sandmann's lawyer, made the statement during a taping of "Life, Liberty and Levin" set to air Sunday on Fox News Channel.
"CNN was probably more vicious in its direct attacks on Nicholas than The Washington Post. And CNN goes into millions of individuals' homes, it's broadcast into their homes," Wood said to host Mark Levin. Sandmann also has sued the Post.
"They really went after Nicholas with the idea that he was part of a mob that was attacking the Black Hebrew Israelites, yelling racist slurs at the Black Hebrew Israelites," Wood said. "Totally false, saying things like that that Nicholas was part of a group that was threatening the Black Hebrew Israelites, that they thought it was going to be a lynching."
Initial media reports depicted Sandmann as smirking and confronting Native American activist Nathan Phillips, but a full viewing of videos of the event showed the Black Hebrew Israelites had initially taunted the Covington Students and that it was Phillips who had approached Sandmann and not the other way around.
"Now you say you've seen the tape, if you took the time to look at the full context of what happened that day, Nicholas Sandmann did absolutely nothing wrong. He was as I've said to others, he was the only adult in the room. But you have a situation where CNN couldn't resist the idea that here's a guy with a young boy, that 'Make America Great Again' cap on. So they go after him," Wood said.
"Why didn't they stop and just take an hour and look through the internet and find the truth and then report it? Maybe do that before you report the lies. They didn't do it. They were vicious. It was false. CNN will be sued next week and the dollar figure in the CNN case may be higher than it was in The Washington Post."
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