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Defamed Teenage Trump-Supporter Gets CNN Settlement After $275 Million Lawsuit

CNN will settle a lawsuit filed by Covington High School student Nick Sandmann after defaming him with false reports.

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Well, they caved and my guess is that CNN will be paying a young Trump-supporter a very hefty sum of money.

On Tuesday, CNN agreed to settle the lawsuit with Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann who they defamed and dragged through the mud with their fake news.

The amount of the settlement is not known. But the hearing took place at the federal courthouse in Covington, Kentucky.

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Sandmann’s lawsuit sought $800 million from CNN, Washington Post, and NBC.

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The trial dates are still not set for NBC Universal and the Washington Post.

But I’d suggest they get out their checkbooks.

Sandmann’s attorney, Lin Wood, said, “This case will be tried not one minute earlier or later than when it is ready.”

The lawsuits were filed following an incident in Jan. 2019 in Washington, D.C. involving Covington Catholic High School students. Videos of that incident garnered national attention.
The initial video showed the self-identified Sandmann, now a senior 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.

Other videos later surfaced showing different angles of the incident.

Wood said the damages were sought due to “emotional distress Nicholas and his family suffered.” He also said the family had to move from their home temporarily and that Nicholas was not permitted to attend school directly after the trip to Washington.
A lawsuit is expected to be filed against Phillips, Wood said. He indicated that lawsuit would seek $5 million, but the judge said that Phillips does not have as much money as the other defendants.

They also plan to sue Gannett, owners of The Enquirer, according to Wood.

He said he will bring that to the judge in the next 60 days.

Attorneys say the money they’re seeking is not designed to compensate Nick, but to “deter the defendants” from doing the same thing (that they’re accused of) in the future. [Fox19]

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This is great news! And a huge blow to all the fake news ghouls who tried to ruin a young kid’s life.

Can you say #TrumpCurse?

This piece originally appeared on WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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