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The teen from Covington, Kentucky has sued the Washington Post for defamation, claiming the newspaper falsely accused him of racist acts and instigating a confrontation with a Native American activist in a January videotaped incident at the Lincoln Memorial.
The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Kentucky by Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann, 16, seeks $250 million in damages, the amount that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos paid for the Post in 2013.
Lawsuit - Newspaper - Teen - Bias - President
The lawsuit claims that the newspaper 'wrongfully targeted and bullied' the teen to advance its bias against President Donald Trump because Sandmann is a white Catholic who wore a Make America Great Again souvenir cap on a school field trip to the March for Life pro-life rally in Washington, DC on January 18.
The Washington Post's Vice President for Communications Kristine Coratti Kelly said: 'We are reviewing a copy of the lawsuit and we plan to mount a vigorous defense.'
Photo - Incident - Sandmann - Face - Face
In a photo that went viral from the incident, Sandmann is seen standing face to face with Native American activist Nathan Phillips. Sandmann stares smiling at him while Phillips sings and plays his drum.
The incident sparked outrage on social media. In early articles, the Post reported that the schoolboys 'surrounded' and 'taunted' 64-year-old Phillips.
Newspaper - Sandmann - Phillip - Path
The newspaper claimed that a 'smirking' Sandmann had stood in Phillip's path, blocking him from moving.
More extensive video of the events told a radically different story, showing the boys were subjected to racist abuse by a group of Black Hebrew Israelites, before Phillips waded into the group of students and banged his drum directly in Sandmann's face.
Statement - Sandmann - Lawyer - Lin - Wood
In a statement, Sandmann's Atlanta-based lawyer, Lin Wood, said additional similar lawsuits would be filed against other parties in the weeks ahead.
A private investigation firm retained by Covington Diocese in Park Hills, Kentucky, found...
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