Washington Post and Kentucky Teen Reach Undisclosed Settlement

Nicholas Sandmann
Nicholas Sandmann, 16, a student from Covington Catholic High School stands in front of Native American activist Nathan Phillips in Washington, U.S., in this still image from a January 18, 2019 video by Kaya Taitano. Kaya Taitano/Social Media/via REUTERS

The Washington Post announced on July 24th that it had reached a settlement with the parents of a Kentucky teenager who sued the newspaper last year over its depiction of an encounter between their son and a Native American activist.

See our deepdive: The Nicholas Sandmann Defamation Suits

“We are pleased that we have been able to reach a mutually agreeable resolution of the remaining claims in this lawsuit,” said Kristine Coratti Kelly, a spokeswoman for The Post. Kelly did not disclose the terms of the agreement.

Teenager Nicholas Sandmann became the subject of national attention after a filmed encounter between him and a Native American activist went viral online. The short video depicted a smiling Sandmann in a “Make American Great Again” hat, standing face-to-face with indigenous activist Nathan Philips.

The Sandmann family has also sued a number of news organizations and public figures for defamation. Earlier this year, CNN reached a settlement with the parents, but the lawsuit against The New York Times and five others are ongoing.

The New York Times The Washington Post