Kyle Rittenhouse stated he has not been paid for any of the general public appearances he has made amid his ongoing post-trial publicity tour.
Talking to Fox News, the 18-year-old claimed he has not been given “a penny” for the media appearances or talking occasions he attended after being acquitted of homicide prices for killing two folks at Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020.
Rittenhouse stated he has refused cost as he’s extra involved about clearing his identify following the extremely divisive trial.
“I have never been supplied a penny, and I would not settle for a penny as a result of I am out right here taking again my character telling the world who I’m and defending myself within the public opinion.”
The interview with Fox Information happened as Rittenhouse was as a consequence of seem as a visitor speaker on the the Turning Point USA conference in Phoenix.
Rittenhouse was given a standing ovation, had his own theme song played as he walked out on stage and was described as a “hero to tens of millions” by founding father of Turning Point USA and Newsweek columnist Charlie Kirk on the occasion held on the Phoenix Conference Heart.
Following his acquittal in November, Rittenhouse has additionally been interviewed by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, met Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago land resort and given interviews for quite a few right-wing media firms the place he’s praised as a patriotic hero and bastion of Second Modification rights for acting in self-defense that night in Kenosha.
Elsewhere within the Fox Information interview with Pete Hegseth, Rittenhouse stated it was “irritating” to look at how the media tried to painting him as a racist or a white supremacist for killing two folks at Black Lives Matter protests within the months previous to his trial.
“It was irritating, as a result of I knew it was all lies. And I used to be like, ‘there’s none of that.’ I am not a white supremacist or a racist, what the media is saying. There’s nothing to indicate that,” he stated.
“It is simply disappointing. They’re speculated to report the reality and the info. But they’re out right here mendacity.”
The 18-year-old prompt the media is extra highly effective than the American authorized system as a result of it “can have a giant affect on most of the people” which might have affected his personal trial.
Rittenhouse additionally stated he’ll solely see his household at Christmas this yr over FaceTime over fears for his or her security.
“We FaceTime every day however to maintain them secure off the grid slightly bit to allow them to nonetheless have their freedoms as a result of they are not as simply recognizable as I’m.”
Turning Level USA has been contacted concerning the no cost claims.