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Newspaper: Sandmann Lawyers To Send Out Letters In Potential Libel, Defamation Lawsuits

Posted at 5:59 AM, Feb 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-05 08:09:03-05

KENTON COUNTY, Ky. (The Cincinnati Enquirer)– Lawyers representing the Covington Catholic student, who got caught up in a national controversy, have reportedly taken the first step toward possible libel and defamation lawsuits.

The Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that more than 50 media outlets, journalists, politicians, celebrities, and other individuals and organizations can expect a letter mailed to them by the end of this week.

These letters, sent by lawyers representing Nick Sandmann and his family, “tell the organizations and individuals not to destroy any documents in connection with the case.” The letter asks that those documents include any drafts or internal emails.

Some of the famous names from that list include journalist Savannah Guthrie, Chuck Todd, Joy Reid, and Andrea Mitchell as well as Senator Elizabeth Warren and actress Alyssa Milano.

Sandmann and other students faced threats after video of them interacting with Native American protesters in Washington, D.C. went viral.

Sandmann’s lawyers are reportedly seeking justice for the alleged harm done to the teen.

One lawyer is quoted saying the incident “permanently stained (Nick’s) reputation” and “he’ll never be able to get away from this.”

That same lawyer also reportedly said, “we want to change the conversation. We don’t want this to happen again…we want to teach people a lesson.”