Nicholas Sandmann agrees to a private settlement with NBC for $275M in a lawsuit that NBC had made look like he was committing ‘hate crimes’ against Native American man

  • Nicholas Sandmann from Kentucky announced on Twitter, Friday, that he has reached a deal in his $275M lawsuit against NBC 
  • A 2019 lawsuit claimed that the network’s reporting of him being shown next to Native American men ‘created false narratives’
  • Sandmann stated that the network “portrayed” the “confrontation as a hate crime committed by Nicholas. 
  • A March for Life at the Lincoln Memorial was the January 2019 event that Covington Catholic High School student attended.
  • Nathan Phillips, an elder of Nettive Americana, approached Sandmann as he was wearing a pro-Trump MAGA hat.
  • Phillips recorded the teenager grinning in Phillips’ face.
  • This clip quickly rose to prominence in media reports. 

Nicholas Sandmann from Kentucky revealed on Friday that he settled with NBC after the network reported on a heated confrontation he had during a conversation with a Native American man.

NBC has reached a settlement with me. After suing the network, Sandmann tweeted that they were confidential.

Sandmann was Sandmann’s third settlement with NBC since 2019. The legal team representing the teen also sued The Washington Post and CNN, for $250 million each.

According to court records, suits were also filed against Gannett, The New York Times and CBS.

After the 16-year-old Sandmann was photographed facing-to-face on January 18 2019, wearing the MAGA-hat, the teenager is accused of being a racist.

Kentucky high school student Nicholas Sandmann said he reached a settlement with NBC on Friday after he claimed in a 2019 lawsuit that their reporting of a controversial conversation involving Sandmann and a Native American man 'created a false narrative by portraying the "confrontation" as a "hate crime" committed by Nicholas'

Nicholas Sandmann from Kentucky said he has reached a settlement agreement with NBC. This was after he claimed, in a lawsuit filed in 2019, that NBC had reported a controversial conversation between Sandmann and a Native American male. The report portrayed the “confrontation”, which was a Nicholas-related hate crime.

On January 18, 2019 Covington Catholic High School student Sandmann (left), then 16, attended a March for Life event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. Sandmann, while donning a pro-Trump red Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat, was approached by Nettive Americana elder Nathan Phillips (right) - a counter-protester attending the Indigenous Peoples March

Sandmann (16 years old) was 16 when he attended a March for Life in Washington DC at Lincoln Memorial. Sandmann was wearing a pro-Trump Make America Great Again (MAGA hat), when Nathan Phillips, a Nettive Americana elder approached him. Phillips is a counter-protester at the Indigenous Peoples March.

Sandmann announced the news via a tweet on Friday afterrnoon

Sandmann shared the information via Twitter on Friday afternoon

A student from Covington Catholic High School attended along with thousands of pro-life students. March for Life in Washington DC:

This was the 47th annual march. It protested Roe v Wade’s 1973 Supreme Court ruling that allowed abortion to be legalized in America. 

Sandmann was seen wearing the pro-Trump red hat and was approached at the Indigenous Peoples March by Nathan Phillips, an elder Native American. 

Phillips recorded the white teenager grinning while he beat a ceremonial drum, and then chanted to his face. Media reports quickly picked up the clip, claiming that Phillips was racism-charged.

The now-18-year-old has consistently maintained that the confrontation had nothing to do with race and demanded NBCUniversal pay a staggering $275 million.

NBCUniversal presented the “confrontation”, which was a hate crime, as a fake narrative,” the suit stated.

It also added that the teen was an ‘easy target for NBCUniversal to advance its anti-Trump agenda because he was a 16-year-old white, Catholic student who had attended the Right to Life March that day and was wearing a MAGA cap at the time of the incident which he had purchased earlier in the day as a souvenir.’ 

The lawsuit claimed NBC ‘unleashed its vast corporate wealth, influence, and power against Nicholas to falsely attack him despite the fact that at the time, he was a 16-year-old high school student.’ 

In a column last month, Sandmann likened the event and its fallout to that of Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted on all counts after shooting three men – killing two – during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 

According to reports, the suit against NBC sought damages for Nicholas’ emotional distress and that of his family as a result of the network’s reporting.

Sandmann settled legal disputes with CNN and The Post last year for unspecified amounts.

Fox reports that Sandmann’s lawyer Todd V McMurty suggested to Fox that HBO and The Associated Press could be subject to similar legal actions.

The harassment claims were filed by twelve other Covington Catholic students against major media outlets. However, the federal judge dismissed the lawsuits, citing the different exposure levels.