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the Catholic high school students scene in this now infamous viral video standing face to face with the native American activist in Washington is suing CNN for defamation the complaint filed Tuesday eight six two hundred and seventy five million dollars in compensatory and punitive damages it accuses CNN of airing for defamatory broadcasts and nine online articles falsely accusing sixteen year old Nicholas Sandman and his classmates of quote engaging in racist conduct a CNN spokeswoman said the network declined to comment video captured a chaotic moment in a larger confrontation in the U. S. capitol in January sentiment and dozens of other students from a Catholic high school in Kentucky run a school trip to participate in a national anti abortion rally many of them were wearing Donald trump's make America great again caps they were confronted by a small group of black religious activists and in response the students began chanting school cheers native American activist Nathan Phillips waded into the confrontation singing in beating a drum Sandman did not move instead smiling Phillips and smiled earned him the hatred many on the internet some threatened him with violence last month Sandman sued The Washington Post for two hundred and fifty million dollars over its reporting of the same incident Donald Trump has long pilloried CNN and The Washington Post for their coverage of his administration he tweeted his support for Sandman last month writing go get them Nick fake news