CNN settles with high schooler Nick Sandmann over viral video

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CNN has settled a lawsuit with a Kentucky high school student who was the subject of a controversy after a video of him during a rally went viral.

  • Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, though Nick Sandmann had been seeking $275 million against the network.
  • Sandmann confirmed the settlement via Twitter, but CNN did not immediately respond to request for comment (even from its own media reporting team).
  • The suit stems from a video clip of Sandmann and an Omaha tribe elder during a March for Life rally at the Lincoln Memorial in January 2019 that CNN aired and later went viral.
  • A clip that surfaced after the initial one went viral showed additional context of the incident.
  • Sandmann denied any wrongdoing, saying he was trying to diffuse the situation and remain calm.
  • Sandmann, who was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat in the clip, sued over “emotional distress” for himself and family in the aftermath of the original clip going viral.
  • Sandmann still has suits pending against NBC and The Washington Post over the clip.