VIRAL teen Nick Sandmann hit the headlines in 2019 after he was accused of intimidating a US war veteran.

Then then 16-year-old later won compensation over his ...defamatory... portrayal – even drawing comment from the then President Donald Trump. Here’s all you need to know.

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Who is Nick Sandmann?

Nick Sandmann was 16 years old when a video of his encounter with war hero Nathan Phillips went viral.

The videos showed the schoolboy standing close to Mr Phillips and staring at him as he sang and played the drum.

At the time, Sandmann claimed that he and fellow pupils were waiting at the Lincoln Memorial for busses to return to Kentucky on Friday when four African-American protesters there began insulting them.

He said that students began yelling ...school spirit chants... to drown out the protesters and he had not heard students chant anything ...hateful or racist at any time....

The video, which was picked up by multiple outlets, also showed Sandmann wearing a ...Make America Great Again' cap.

It prompted the then President Donald Trump to defend the group of schoolboys on Twitter, claiming that Nick was ...smeared... with false reports by the media.

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What is Nick Sandmann doing now?

Nick decided to keep himself away from the public eye following the 2019 incident.

However, in November 2021 he urged Kyle Rittenhouse to sue the media for defamation after he was acquitted of five criminal charges.

In a column for the Daily Mail, Sandmann suggested that Rittenhouse to take his own legal action and “hold the media accountable.”

“The parallels between me and Kyle Rittenhouse are impossible not to draw,” he wrote.

“I was 16-years-old when I was catapulted into the national conversation by video of an encounter with a Native American activist on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

“Kyle was almost immediately labelled a ‘white supremacist’ and a ‘domestic terrorist’. To many, my red MAGA hat clearly meant that I was a racist.

“The attacks on Kyle came from the national news media, just as they came for me.”

How much was Nick Sandmann's settlement?

CNN reportedly agreed to settle a lawsuit with then then 17-year-old on January 7, 2020 in Kentucky.

However, the amount of the settlement was never made public.

Sandmann had reportedly filed a $275 million lawsuit against CNN in March 2019.

He also filed a $250 million defamation lawsuit against the Washington Post the same year, but this was later dismissed by a judge.


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