Just one day after CNN agreed to settle a multimillion-dollar defamation suit on Tuesday, Jan. 7, filed by Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann over the network’s depiction of his 2019 encounter with Native American activists, attention now is being turned to its employee, Reza Aslan. 

Lawyer Robert Barnes, who is representing Covington students who are not Nick Sandmann, announced he was suing Aslan, the former CNN host, for a minimum of $135,000 in damages after the former host tweeted asking “Honest question. Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s?”

Screenshot of Aslan’s tweet, which is now deleted.

The tweet was widely criticized by people from all over the political spectrum for being an inappropriate incitement to violence and for improperly suggesting that Sandmann and his classmates had been harassing an elderly Native American man—a narrative that was debunked, The Post Millennial reported

Aslan explained the situation, saying that he deleted the tweet after his wife asked him to do. 

Interestingly, Sandmann has criticized Barnes for suing without his permission.

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