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Kentucky Teen Sues CNN over Native America Staredown Coverage

When a Native American activist protested, a Kentucky teen named Nick Sandmann got upset. Because a video of Sandmann’s confrontation with the underrepresented individual went viral, he plans to take legal action against CNN to the tune of $250 million. Why does this Millennial believe he deserves a quarter billion dollars because a controversial video went on TV? We’ll leave that to a lawyer for the boy to explain it to the public.

The announcement was made on Sunday when Sandmann’s lawyer went onto the Fox News program “Life, Liberty & Levin” to announce that they were taking on the behemoth media company CNN.

Attorney L. Lin Wood believes that CNN was “probably more vicious in its direct attacks on Nicholas than the Washington Post.”

Sandmann is a junior at the Covington Catholic High School and is following up his lawsuit against the Washington Post with this similar once against CNN. He hopes to rake in half a billion because the video, which shines poorly on his character, became a talking point of the nation.

CNN “really went after Nicholas with the idea that he was part of a mob that was attacking the Black Hebrew Israelites, yelling racist slurs at the Black Hebrew Israelites. Totally false,” Wood said.

The video, which went viral in January, showed Sandmann leading a group of students to encircle Native American activists as they performed an American Indian Movement song at the Lincoln Memorial at the National Mall.

Sandmann is shown staring down Native American Nathan Philips, drawing condemnation for the teen’s actions from both the Republicans and the Democrats.

After Sandmann’s actions, Phillips gave interviews where he claimed Sandmann and others swarmed him after he tried to halt potential violence from breaking out between Sandmann and his group of haters and the Hebrew Israelites. Phillips told the Washington Post that Sandmann blocked his exit.

Sandmann released a counter statement that argues that Phillips singled Sandmann out although the activist was “attempting to provoke the teenagers.”

The following day after Sandmann’s confrontation with Phillips went viral, another video surfaced, which proved Phillips’ story was the accurate one.

Meanwhile, Sandmann is trying to squeeze financial gain from the situation. His lawsuit against the Washington Post seeks “legal redress for its negligent, reckless, and malicious attacks on Nicholas which caused permanent damage to his life and reputation.”

The lawsuit also argues that the Washington Post “bullied an innocent child with an absolute disregard for the pain and destruction its attacks would cause to his life.”

The teen’s lawyer articulated that the subsequent lawsuit against CNN will be officially filed on Monday or Tuesday.

Given the nature of the video footage and the condemnation Sandmann received from both political parties, he might be on his own. Although the video shows a different side to the story, Sandmann, who was pictured wearing a red MAGA hat in the clip, claims that he was trying to diffuse the tension in the situation. Phillips made the same claim, showing how he started playing his drum and chanting a healing prayer as the anger rose between Sandmann’s group and the others.

Sources: Yahoo / Phot Credit: AWM