Acquitted teenager Kyle Rittenhouse said this week that he hasn't begun filing defamation lawsuits against the media outlets and political figures who wrongly characterized him as a white supremacist vigilante just yet. He is, however, taking aim at two of his former lawyers, Lin Wood and John Pierce.
Rittenhouse broke the news during a sit down with BlazeTV host Glenn Beck Wednesday night. The Illinois teenager — who was recently acquitted of murder charges stemming from his actions during the Black Lives Matter riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin last summer — told Beck that his legal team might pursue media lawsuits down the road, but for now, they are focusing on "liars" Wood and Pierce.
Following his acquittal, many expected Rittenhouse to sue his detractors in the mainstream media in a similar fashion to Covington Catholic student Nicholas Sandmann, the MAGA hat-wearing high school student who was falsely accused of racism following a 2019 confrontation with a Native American man at the Lincoln Memorial. Sandmann settled with CNN to the tune of $275 million last year.
“I think that the lawsuits against the media are not only right — I’m not a suing guy, I hate lawsuits — are not only right and righteous, but they are absolutely necessary if we’re gonna survive,” Beck said. “Do you agree with that?”
“Are you gonna sue the pants off the media?” Beck later asked.
But in response, Rittenhouse said, "We’re gonna focus on our number one fight we’re dealing with right now with the [guys who've] been lying, Lin Wood and John Pierce. We’re gonna focus on them right now, but maybe down the line in the future — we don’t know yet — but we’re gonna focus on those liars.”
When Beck pressed Rittenhouse about why he was going after Wood first, the teenager answered, "I don’t want to talk much about [Wood], other than he’s a liar, and he’s putting my family in jeopardy,”
"We’re getting death threats because of the lies he’s saying. It’s just disturbing," Rittenhouse added.
Rittenhouse declined to go into further detail about any pending lawsuit involving Wood or Pierce, but the teenager has recently accused his former lawyers of keeping him in jail for longer than necessary while they raised $2 million for bail through their FightBack Foundation. Rittenhouse spent 87 days behind bars before being released on bond in September 2020.
Rittenhouse's mother reportedly fired Wood and Pierce in December 2020. But both former lawyers are attempting to retrieve the money they raised and used for his bail.
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