A federal judge on Friday dismissed a $250 million lawsuit against The Washington Post from the attorneys of Nick Sandmann, the teen wearing a MAGA hat captured in a viral video with Native American activist Nathan Phillips in January.
Sandmann was part of a group of teens filmed surrounding Phillips while he performed an American Indian Movement song on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
In a story titled “‘It was getting ugly’: Native American drummer speaks on his encounter with MAGA-hat-wearing teens,” Phillips told the Post that Sandmann stood in his way as he looked for an exit route.
Sandmann disputed Phillips’ story and claimed that he had been trying to diffuse the situation. In February, the student’s lawyers argued in a lawsuit that the Post “wrongfully targeted and bullied” Sandmann “because he was the white, Catholic student wearing a red ‘Make America Great Again’ souvenir cap.”
U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman wrote in his ruling that the lawsuit’s claims are “not supported by the plain language in the article.”