Covington teen Nick Sandmann’s attorney threatens CNN, Washington Post with more legal action
The attorney for high school student Nick Sandmann, who won settlements with CNN and the Washington Post over the botched coverage of his encounter with a Native American activist, threatened further legal action against the outlets for alleged breaches of confidentiality.
The Washington Post last week agreed to settle a monster $250 million lawsuit filed by the Covington Catholic High School student.
It was the teen’s second win in a whopping $800 million defamation battle against several news outlets, including ABC, CBS, The Guardian, The Hill and NBC.
In January, CNN agreed to settle with Sandmann as part of a separate $275 million claim.
Sandmann and a group of his classmates were vilified online after they were filmed wearing “Make America Great Again” hats following an anti-abortion rally while being yelled at by demonstrators.
He was singled out after footage of his confrontation with Native American activist Nathan Phillips was picked up by CNN and other outlets who claimed the incident was racially motivated.
But footage released later showed the Covington students were the ones who were actually being harassed.
Sandmann’s attorney Lin Wood has now taken aim at CNN’s Brian Stelter, host of “Reliable Sources,” over his retweet of an analysis by another lawyer who is apparently not connected with the case, Law and Crime reported.
“This retweet by @brianstelter may have cost him his job at @CNN. It is called breach of confidentiality agreement. Brian Stelter is a liar. I know how to deal with liars,” Wood said in a tweet.
Stelter shared a tweet by Mark Zaid, who speculated about how much money Sandmann walked away with from the settlement.
“Those with zero legal experience (as far as I can tell) should not be conjecturing on lawsuits they know nothing about. What kind of journalism is that?” Zaid wrote.
“I’ve litigated defamation cases. Sandman [sic] was undoubtedly paid nuisance value settlement & nothing more,” he added.
Sandmann also took a shot at Stelter in a tweet.
“I can’t decide if it’s worse to be Brian Stelter or believe Brian Stelter. He was never in any court hearing or meeting I was. So why does he act like he knows anything?” he wrote.
Wood also launched broadsides at CNN analyst Asha Rangappa – who cited a dollar amount — and the Washington Post’s Dan Zak, who suggested that his paper settled “for a small amount… in order to avoid a more expensive trial,” adding that it’s the “American way.”
“This tweet by @AshaRangappa may have cost Ms. Rangappa her job at @CNN. It is called breach of confidentiality agreement. Asha Rangappa is a liar. I know how to deal with liars. Heads are going to roll at CNN or @N1ckSandmann is going to filing another lawsuit & reveal truth,” he said in a tweet.
“This tweet by @MrDanZak may have cost him his job as a journalist at @washingtonpost It is called breach of confidentiality agreement. Dan Zak is a liar. I know how to deal with liars,” he wrote.
Zak, who deleted his original tweet, doubled down later on his assertion, according to Fox News.
“I delete about 30 percent of my tweets within 15 minutes. All are deleted within four months via Tweet Delete! Except really old tweets, which Tweet Delete doesn’t reach. But I stand by this theory! It’s the American way.”
A rep for The Washington Post told Fox News, “Dan’s tweet was taken down because it had no basis in fact. Dan has no knowledge about the agreement.”
CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment by The Post.
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