MAGA teen’s lawyer speaks out on $275M CNN lawsuit

MAGA teen’s lawyer speaks out on $275M CNN lawsuit


♪>>Sandra: FOX NEWS ALERT. THEY WARNED IT WAS COMING AND NOW IT IS OFFICIAL. ATTORNEYS FOR COVINGTON CATHOLIC STUDENT NICHOLAS SANDMANN FILED A BOMBSHELL LAWSUIT AGAINST CNN FOR A WHOPPING $275 MILLION. THEY ALLEGE VICIOUS AND DIRECT ATTACKS ON THEIR CLIENT. SEEING THIS VIRAL ENCOUNTER WITH NATHAN AMERICAN NATHAN PHILLIPS. COMES A MONTH AFTER THE SAME ATTORNEY SUED “THE WASHINGTON POST” FOR $250 MILLION. HERE NOW EXCLUSIVELY IS TODD CO-COUNSEL FOR NICHOLAS SANDMANN. TODD, THANK YOU FOR COMING ON THE PROGRAM TONIGHT. FIRST OFF.>>THANK YOU.>>Sandra: THIS IS BREAKING NEWS. WE ARE JUST NOW BRINGING THIS TO OUR AUDIENCE, WHAT CAN YOU TELL US?>>WE JUST FILED THE LAWSUIT TODAY IN THE FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT IN KENTUCKY, THE EASTERN DISTRICT. AND AS YOU SAID EARLIER, IT IS A SIGNIFICANT LAWSUIT SEEKING $75 MILLION IN COMPENSATORY DAMAGES AND $200 MILLION IN PUNITIVE DAMAGES FROM CNN.>>Sandra: WHAT SPECIFICALLY DOES THIS LAWSUIT HIGHLIGHT ABOUT WHAT WE ARE SEEING IN THAT VIDEO AND WHAT HAPPENED IN THE MINUTES AND HOURS THAT FOLLOWED?>>WELL, WHAT CNN’S TAG LINE IS FACTS FIRST. AND WHAT WE BELIEVE THEIR REPORTING WAS IN THIS CIRCUMSTANCE WAS LIES FIRST, COVERUP SECOND AND FACTS NOT YET DETERMINED BY THAT ORGANIZATION. SO THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS LAWSUIT AND THE OTHER LAWSUIT THAT WE HAVE FILED IS THAT CNN IS A VERY SIGNIFICANT MEDIA ORGANIZATION WITH A MUCH BROADER REACH THAN SAY “THE WASHINGTON POST.” IT HAS A TWITTER FOLLOWERS OF 41 MILLION PEOPLE. IT PUBLISHED FOUR VIDEOS, NON-ONLINE ARTICLES THAT WERE TWEETED OUT SO THAT’S MILLIONS AND MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF REPETITIONS OF THE LIES AND FALSEHOODS THAT CNN SPREAD.>>WHAT WAS THE IMPACT ON NICHOLAS SANDMANN THIS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT?>>WELL, WE HAVE TALKED THE IMPACT ON NICHOLAS SANDMANN A NUMBER OF TIMES IT IS SIGNIFICANT. NICHOLAS SANDMANN WAS A 16-YEAR-OLD YOUNG MAN WHO HAD A PERFECT REPUTATION. HE WAS LOVED BY HIS PARENTS, RESPECTED AT HIS SCHOOL, AND HAD MANY GOOD FRIENDS AT COVINGTON CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL. SO HE WAS A PERSON THAT WAS DOING VERY WELL IN LIFE AND DUE TO HIS STRONG CHARACTER HE STILL IS. BUT, NEVERTHELESS, HIS CHARACTER HAS NOW BEEN DETERMINED BY THE LIES ISSUED BY CNN. SO THE FACTS WERE NOT FIRST. THE LIES WERE.>>Sandra: THIS OF COURSE WASN’T JUST WHAT WENT OUT ON TELEVISION THAT DAY. IT WASN’T JUST WHAT WENT OUT IN PRINT MEDIA. IT WAS ALSO ABOUT A SOCIAL MEDIA IMPACT THAT WE ALL WITNESSED. AND I KNOW THAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS IN THIS LAWSUIT ONLINE TWITTER 7:00 A.M. THE NETWORK WALLS RETWEETING THE SHORT SNIPPET THAT SO MANY GOT TO KNOW WHEN THIS STORY WAS STARTING TO UNFOLD.>>CORRECT. SENDING A SHORT SNIPPET AT 7:00 A.M. AFTER THE EVENT HAPPENS IS TOTALLY IRRESPONSIBLE COMPLETELY NEGLIGENT AND IN OUR VIEW SUBJECT TO PUNITIVE DAMAGES. THEY DID THIS WITHOUT ANY REASONABLE INVESTIGATION. THEY TOOK SOMETHING STRAIGHT OFF TWITTER THAT HAD BEEN IN ESSENCE MANIPULATED SO THAT IT TOLD ONE STORY AND REPORTED IT AS THE TRUTH.>>Sandra: IS THERE ANYTHING — ANY CHOICE THAT YOU ARE GIVING THE NETWORK AT THIS POINT TO RESPOND TO LIMIT POTENTIAL DAMAGES?>>WE HAVE ISSUED AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CNN TO RETRACT. THEY DID NOT RETRACT WITHIN THE TIMELINE PROVIDED FOR BY KENTUCKY LAW. SO THEIR OPPORTUNITY TO RETRACT HAS NOW PASSED. SO WE WILL PROCEED FOR OUR LAWSUIT FOR BOTH COMPENSATORY AND PUNITIVE DAMAGES.>>Sandra: THERE IS NO OPPORTUNITY STILL FOR THEM TO RESPOND?>>NO. NOT UNDER THE LAW. IF THEY TRY TO DO IT NOW UNDER THE LAW IT’S TOO LATE. THEY CAN CERTAINLY DO THAT IF THEY CHOOSE TO ON THEIR OWN ACCORD, BUT IT DOES NOT — IT WOULD NOT EFFECT THE LAWSUIT FROM A LEGAL STANDPOINT.>>Sandra: OF COURSE IT WAS “THE WASHINGTON POST” AND NOW YOU ARE OUTLINING AN EVEN BIGGER SUM OF MONEY IN THIS PARTICULAR LAWSUIT AGAINST CNN. ARE THERE OTHERS THAT WILL FOLLOW HERE?>>CERTAINLY. WE ARE LOOKING AT OTHER POTENTIAL DEFENDANTS. WE PLAN TO FILE A SUIT EVERY FEW WEEKS OR MONTHS. WE PROBABLY HAVE 10, AT LEAST 10 TOP TARGETS IN THE MEDIA AND INDIVIDUALS, SOME OF WHOM WERE PEOPLE THAT WERE INVOLVED IN TWITTER ATTACKS. BUT CERTAINLY THERE ARE DEFENDANTS TO COME. OTHERS THAT WILL BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO RETRACT THOSE STATEMENTS AND WE WILL GIVE THEM THAT OPPORTUNITY FIRST SO THEY WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO RETRACT.>>Sandra: SO, DO THOSE OUTLETS ALREADY KNOW ABOUT THIS? I MEAN, ARE YOU NAMING NAMES? CAN YOU TELL US TONIGHT?>>AS TO WHOM WE ARE LOOKING AT, WHO WE THINK CROSSED THE LINE.>>Sandra: YEAH.>>CERTAINLY WE ARE LOOKING AT VERY CLOSELY AT NBC. WE ARE LOOKING VERY CLOSELY AT AP. WE ARE LOOKING VERY CLOSELY AT HBO FOR THE CONDUCT OF BILL MAHER. WE ARE LOOKING AT SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO LIKE KATHY GRIFFIN WHO SENT OUT THESE HORRIBLE TWEETS THAT ARE CALLED DOXXING, YOU KNOW, WHERE YOU LIKE TO SAY TO SOMEBODY GO GET THEIR NAME AND ADDRESS WITH THE IDEA BEING THAT SOMEBODY IS GOING TO SHOW UP AND POSSIBLY DO PHYSICAL HARM TO THEM.>>Sandra: HOW DO THOSE LAWSUITS COMPARE AND WE WILL WRAP IT UP HERE. HOW DO THOSE LAWSUITS COMPARE TO THE ONES WE HAVE SEEN SO FAR?>>WE THINK THAT WE HAVE IDENTIFIED “THE WASHINGTON POST” FIRST BECAUSE IT WAS FIRST OUT OF THE GATE. AND CNN SECOND BECAUSE OF THE SCOPE AND THE SIGNIFICANT THINGS THAT IT SAID THAT WERE FALSE. SO WE DO FEEL THAT WE HAVE HIT THE TOP TWO FIRST. BUT THE OTHERS ARE VERY CLOSE IN LINE. THIS IS A GROUP THAT DID VERY MUCH — THE GROUP OF DEFENDANTS AND POTENTIAL DEFENDANTS DID VERY MUCH THE

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