An attorney for Nick Sandmann, the 16-year-old Covington Catholic High School student who was made the face of controversy last month, revealed last week who could be the next target for a major defamation lawsuit.
The announcement came Sandmann's legal team filed a $250 million lawsuit against the Washington Post, alleging the news outlet "wrongfully targeted and bullied Nicholas because he was the white, Catholic student wearing a red 'Make America Great Again' souvenir cap."
What did the attorney say?
L. Lin Wood, a powerful attorney known for successful defamation lawsuits, told Fox News that comedian Bill Maher, HBO — which hosts Maher's show "Real Time" — and CNN are next on the list of most likely targets for a lawsuit.
"Well, certainly CNN and Bill Maher did things that we consider to have crossed the line. We think the statements they made are defamatory. They're not humorous," Wood said, according to The Hill.
"So certainly Bill Maher is somebody that we're looking at very carefully, and HBO, for allowing him to make those defamatory statements," he explained.
While Maher, HBO, and CNN are the next most likely targets, Wood emphasized that it's not yet clear who Sandmann's legal team will hit next, although he confirmed additional lawsuits will roll out over the "next 30 to 60 days."
Earlier this month, Sandmann's legal team announced they were looking at more than 50 media organizations, politicians, media members, Hollywood celebrities, and Catholic organizations as potential targets for defamation lawsuits. The first was filed last week against the Post.
What did Maher say?
One week after the controversy, long after the truth had surfaced, Maher verbally attacked Sandmann on his weekly TV show.
Referring to the controversy and Sandmann, Maher said, "I don't blame the kid, the smirk-face kid. I blame lead poisoning and bad parenting. And, oh yeah, I blame the f**king kid, what a little prick."
"Smirk face, like that's not a d*ck move at any age to stick your face in this elderly man," Maher continued.
Then it got worse when Maher invoked a pedophilia "joke."
"You know, I don't spend a lot of time, I must tell you, around Catholic school children, but I do not get what Catholic priests see in these kids," Maher said.