Nicholas Sandman reached a private settlement with NBC of more than $275 million in a lawsuit after the network made it look like he had committed a ‘hate crime’ in a confrontation with a Native American man.
- Kentucky high school student Nicholas Sandman announced via Twitter that he has reached a settlement in his $275 million lawsuit against NBC on Friday.
- He claimed in a 2019 lawsuit that network reports when he appeared alongside a Native American man “created a false narrative.”
- Sandman said the network ‘portrayed the ‘confrontation’ as a ‘hate crime’ committed by Nicholas.
- In January 2019, the then 16-year-old Covington Catholic High School student attended the March for Life event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
- Sandman was approached by Nathan Phillips, while wearing a red pro-Trump MAGA hat.
- The teen was recorded grinning while Phillips was cheering at the white teen’s face
- The clip immediately topped the media reports, which claimed that the incident was accused of racism
Kentucky high school student Nicholas Sandman revealed that he reached a settlement with NBC Friday after the network covered his controversial confrontation with a Native American man in 2019.
At this time I would like to release to NBC and I have reached a settlement. Terms are confidential.
The lawsuit settlement with NBC was Sandman’s third with a major news network since 2019. The teen’s legal team also sued The Washington Post for $250 million and CNN for $275 million.
Court records show that the New York Times, CBS, ABC, Rolling Stone, and Janet filed suits against them.
The lawsuits stem from the portrayal of the 16-year-old Sandman as a racist after the MAGA hat-wearing teen appeared face-to-face with a Native American man on January 18, 2019.
Nicholas Sandman, a Kentucky high school student, said he reached a settlement with NBC Friday after claiming in a 2019 lawsuit that their reporting of a controversial conversation involving Sandman and a Native American man “created a false narrative by portraying ‘Confrontation’ as Nicholas’ ‘hate crime’
On January 18, 2019, then 16-year-old Covington Catholic High School student Sandman (left) attended a March for Life event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Sandman, while wearing a red pro-Trump Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat, is approached by Nathan Phillips of Nettive Americana (right) – a counter-demonstrator attending the Indigenous Peoples rally
Sandman announced the news via a tweet on Friday afternoon
It was attended by a Covington Catholic High School student and thousands of other students and life advocates A March for Life event took place at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
It was the 47th edition of the rally, which protested the Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade in 1973 that legalized abortion throughout America.
Nathan Phillips, an opposition protester who attended the Indigenous Peoples’ rally, approached Sandman, while wearing the red pro-Trump beret.
The white teenager was recorded grinning as Phillips beat a festive drum and cheered on his face. The clip immediately topped the media reports, which claimed that the incident was accused of racism.
The 18-year-old has consistently maintained that the confrontation had nothing to do with race and demanded NBCUniversal pay a staggering $275 million.
The lawsuit states that “NBC Universal created a false narrative by portraying the ‘confrontation’ as a ‘hate crime’ committed by Nicholas.
She also added that the teen was an ‘easy target for NBCUniversal to advance its anti-Trump agenda because he was a 16-year-old white Catholic student who attended the Right to Life rally that day and was wearing a MAGA hat at the time of the incident which he purchased earlier today as a souvenir.
The lawsuit alleged that NBC “unleashed its vast corporate wealth, influence, and power against Nicholas for falsely attacking him despite the fact that at the time he was a 16-year-old high school student.”
In a column on DailyMail.com last month, Sandman likened the event and its aftermath to that of Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted of all charges after three men were shot — killing two — during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The lawsuit against NBC reportedly sought compensation for the “emotional distress that Nicholas and his family suffered” due to the network’s reporting.
Last year, Sandmann settled legal battles with The Post and CNN for undisclosed sums.
According to Fox, Sandmann’s attorney, Todd V McMurty, said the Associated Press and HBO could face similar legal action.
Twelve Catholic students in Covington filed defamation and harassment lawsuits against some of the same major news outlets, but were dismissed by a federal judge, citing varying levels of exposure in the media.