Atlanta libel lawyer Lin Wood on Tuesday sued The Washington Post for $250 million on behalf of a Kentucky teenager whose face-to-face encounter with a Native American protester at the Lincoln Memorial last month generated an international media firestorm.
Wood branded the Post’s online and print coverage of 16-year-old Nicholas Sandmann’s encounter with Native American activist Nathan Phillips “a modern-day form of McCarthyism.” The suit seeks $50 million in compensatory damages and $200 million in punitive damages—an amount Wood said is equal to the price Jeff Bezos paid for the newspaper when he bought it in 2013.
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