Watch the tense situation from multiple angles and perspectives, as Christian students, black Israelites and Native Americans muddle the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
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Nick Sandmann, a student at Covington Catholic High School, plans to sue CNN for more than $ 250 million for "vicious attacks" and "direct attacks," his lawyer told Fox News. This comes just weeks after the Kentucky youth legal team launched a lawsuit in federal court against the Washington Post.
The lawyer, L. Lin Wood, will discuss his client's latest lawsuit on "Life, Liberty & Levin" on Fox News Channel on Sunday at 10 pm. EST, reports Fox News.
"CNN was probably more vicious in its direct attacks against Nicholas than the Washington Post," Wood told Fox News host Mark Levin. "And in the case of CNN, the dollar figure could be higher than in the Washington Post."
Wood said he planned to file a complaint no later than Tuesday "no later than".
"When we file our complaints, we have investigated it because we want to do it right," said Wood.
The lawsuits against both news agencies stem from an incident at the Lincoln Memorial that drew the country's attention in January.
A shortened viral video shot after the March for Life rally appeared to show Sandmann and other Covington High students blocking the path of American activist Nathan Phillips. The students, many of whom wore "Make America Great Again" hats, seemed to sing and make fun of Phillips as he was drumming and singing.
A longer sequence of the incident appeared later, giving a more complete picture of the unfolding of the event.
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Nick Sandmann saw face Native American activist Nathan Phillips. (Photo: Survival Media Agency via AP, Survival Media Agency via AP)
An investigation by an agency recruited for the diocese of Covington, Kentucky, found that the students had neither provoked a confrontation with Phillips nor made "offensive or racist statements".
The report acknowledged that some students performed the tomahawk hit, an arm move thrown by the crowd at a football match organized by the Florida State Seminoles in the 1980s.
Lance Soto, a local Aboriginal leader living in Covington, disagrees with the report's conclusion. He said at Cincinnati Inquire that the tomahawk's blow is tied to some professional sports teams that use racist images as mascots to represent Aboriginal peoples.
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In the lawsuit against The Post, Sandmann's lawyers accused the publication of having recounted a false and defamatory "allegation" that Sandmann "physically assaulted and / or intimidated Phillips" and "incited a confrontation with Phillips and subsequently to racist conduct ".
Sandmann's lawyers identified as defamatory towards the high school student said: "Phillips (the entourage) is surrounded by a crowd of young teenagers, mostly white … with one d & # 39; They stand at one foot of the drummer's face with an implacable smile. "
In an email to Cincinnati Enquirer, Kristine Coratti Kelly, The Post's vice president of communications, announced that the company is currently reviewing the lawsuit.
"We plan to put up a strong defense," wrote Coratti Kelly.
Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, bought the Washington Post for $ 250 million in cash in 2013 – the same amount that Sandmann's lawyers claim in damages.
Contributor: Max Londberg, the Cincinnati Investigator.
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