Covington Teen in Red MAGA Cap Sues The Washington Post for $250 Million

Attorneys for the family of Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann, who was the focus of a viral video encounter with a Native American advocate at the March for Life rally in Washington in January, filed a $250 million defamation lawsuit against The Washington Post on Tuesday.

The lawsuit, filed by Lin Wood and Todd McMurtry of Hemmer DeFrank Wessels PLLC in U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, states the Sandmann family seeks compensatory and punitive damages. And the lawsuits may not stop with The Post, either.

"Lin and Todd will continue to bring wrongdoers before the court to seek damages in compensation for the harm so many have done to the Sandmann family," the firm's website reads. "This is only the beginning."

Here is the full text of the lawsuit, dubbed "For truth, for justice, for Nicholas."

The lengthy complaint alleges that The Washington Post attacked Nicholas Sandmann because he was "white" and wearing a red "Make America Great Again" cap on a January 18 field trip to the March for Life in Washington, D.C. While at the event, according to the lawsuit, Sandmann was "unexpectedly and suddenly confronted by Nathan Phillips, a known Native American activist" who beat a drum and yelled in Sandmann's face.

"Nicholas stood quietly and respectfully for several minutes after being targeted and bullied by Phillips, and Nicholas's body language remained nonaggressive and passive throughout the incident," according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit claims The Post "conveyed that Nicholas engaged in acts of racism by 'swarming' Phillips, 'blocking' his exit away from the students, and otherwise engaging in racist misconduct."

The suit claimed that The Post had a "well-known" bias against President Donald Trump, of whom the red MAGA cap became a symbol during the 2016 presidential campaign and is still worn by his supporters. It claimed the newspaper "bullied an innocent child" with no regard for consequences, including threats the student or his family might face.

"The Post's campaign to target Nicholas in furtherance of its political agenda was carried out by using its vast financial resources to enter the bully pulpit by publishing a series of false and defamatory print and online articles which effectively provided a worldwide megaphone to Phillips and other anti-Trump individuals and entities to smear a young boy who was in its view an acceptable casualty in their war against the President," the lawsuit alleged.

Here's a four-minute video produced by The Washington Post on January 20, two days after the encounter in Washington, D.C.

Immediately after the encounter, a short video of Sandmann in a stare-down with Phillips went viral. But afterward, several other lengthy videos surfaced that showed different angles of the encounter. Other videos showed the Covington Catholic High students confronted by a group of black men who identified themselves as Hebrew Israelites.

The lawsuit stated that The Post "published to third parties without privilege no less than six false and defamatory articles of and concerning Nicholas, including two in its print newspaper and four online. This number does not include those articles that The Post updated and changed after initial publication."