The lawyers for the family of Nicholas Sandmann have filed a lawsuit against The Washington Post, seeking $250 million in both compensatory and punitive damages.
Sandmann, 16, is the Covington Catholic High School junior at the center of a controversy after his face was depicted across social media, along with Native American protester Nathan Phillips.
Attorneys Lin Wood and Todd McMurtry said it’s their first lawsuit on behalf of Sandmann’s family, and additional lawsuits will likely be filed.
The lawsuit claims that the Post “wrongfully targeted and bullied Nicholas because he was the white, Catholic student wearing a red ‘Make America Great Again’ souvenir cap on a school field trip to the January 18 March for Life in Washington, D.C.”
The lawsuit adds that the Post engaged in “a modern-day form of McCarthyism.”
The lawsuit goes on to say that the Post “ignored basic journalist standards.”
WLWT contact the Washington Post for a comment.
“We are reviewing a copy of the lawsuit and we plan to mount a vigorous defense,” Kristine Coratti Kelly, vice president of communications, said via email.
The initial video showed the now self-identified Sandmann, a junior at CovCath, and Nathan Phillips, an indigenous man who was participating in the Indigenous Peoples March. Sandmann and his classmates were in D.C. for the March For Life.
On Tuesday, attorneys Lin Wood and Todd McMurtry announced in a post on the Hemmer DeFrank Wessles website that they had filed the suit on behalf of Sandmann against The Washington Post. It seeks $250 million in compensatory and punitive damages.