PHOENIX, AZ – During a Fox News interview on Tuesday, Kyle Rittenhouse – who was recently acquitted on murder charges stemming from the infamous Kenosha, Wisconsin social unrest riots in August 2020 – declared that numerous media outlets may be facing lawsuits over the way the then 17 year-old was portrayed in news reports.
“There’s going to be some media accountability coming soon,” he said.
Rittenhouse, now 18, neglected to give any details on his plans, but appeared to be influenced by a successful lawsuit filed by Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann against NBC News, which had omitted key details of a January 2019 incident that had taken place between Sandmann and Native American activist Nathan Phillips at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
“Good for him,” Rittenhouse said of Sandmann.
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A Jury in November had found Rittenhouse not guilty in the shooting deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum – himself a convicted child molester – and Anthony Huber, in addition to the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz that took place amid the protests, riots, and vandalism that took place in Kenosha on August 25, 2020, following the non-fatal shooting of Jacob Blake by a police officer two days prior during an arrest attempt.
Rittenhouse’s trial lasted two weeks – dividing the nation on issues of gun control and vigilantism – and the teen was ultimately found to have acted in self-defense when he shot Rosenbaum, Huber, and Grosskreutz with an AR-15 style rifle that he said was being used to help defend local businesses from looters.
“It’s helped me grow a lot, it’s helped me mature,” Rittenhouse said regarding his experience during the trial. “My mentors who have been in my life…they’ve helped make me the person I am today, so thank you for them.”
However, when asked if he would do it all over again, knowing the ultimate outcome, Rittenhouse said no.
“What I was dragged through and what I had to go through – to facing life in prison – I wouldn’t say it was worth it,” he said. “hindsight being 20/20.”