The white teen who was at the center of a stare-down with a Native American elder outside the Lincoln Memorial is now suing The Washington Post for $250 million for defamation of character.
Lawyers for Nicholas Sandmann, the Covington Catholic High School student who made national headlines when video of him facing off with a Native American activist went viral, are arguing that the newspaper created a false narrative by accusing him of being racist and instigating a confrontation with the man.
Sandmann ironically is asking for $250 million, which is the same amount Jeff Bezos the founder of Amazon, paid to acquire the newspaper in 2013, Yahoo reports.
The suit alleges that the Post “wrongfully targeted and bullied” Sandmann in an effort to justify a bias against President Trump.
Sandmann’s attorney, Lin Wood, said more lawsuits are forthcoming and will be filed in the coming weeks.
A video went viral showing Sandmann standing face-to-face with Native American activist Nathan Phillips as he beat a drum, stories circulated widely saying the teen antagonized the man as he stood with a “smirk” on his face.
Kristine Coratti Kelly, The Washington Post’s Vice President for Communications said: “We are reviewing a copy of the lawsuit and we plan to mount a vigorous defense.”