DEADLINE. A lawsuit targeting a dozen celebrities and public figures was filed Friday on behalf of eight unnamed Covington Catholic High School students, seeking damages for alleged defamatory comments made in the wake of a viral video incident.
In the widely broadcast video, the students were seen laughing and smirking as Native American activist Nathan Phillips waded into their midst, banging a drum and chanting. The video, which seemed to show Phillips under attack by the student group, drew instant condemnation on social media as an example of so-called white privilege. At least until it was revealed that Phillips instigated the confrontation with the teens, who were merely waiting for a bus, and were themselves being racially abused by a nearby black activist group.
The lawsuit was filed in Kentucky and names 12 individuals, including Democrat presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren; actress Kathy Griffin; journalists Maggie Haberman, Ana Navarro and Shaun King; Rep. Debra Haaland from New Mexico,and Adam Edelen, a former state auditor of Kentucky; Political analyst Matthew Dowd; author Reza Aslan; and Princeton history professor Kevin Kruse.