Rittenhouse after trial: ‘Self-defense is not illegal’

Kyle Rittenhouse said Friday after his acquittal in his murder trial that “self-defense is not illegal.”

During a short interview with the Fox News host Tucker carlsonTucker Carlson Tucker Carlson Gets Rittenhouse Interview For Monday Night Murdoch Asks Trump To Move On: ‘Past Is Past’ MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace & Chris Christie Fight Over Fox News MOREFollowing the Wisconsin jury verdict on Friday afternoon, the film crew was asked how Rittenhouse felt after being acquitted of all charges against him.

“The jury reached the correct verdict,” Rittenhouse said. “Self-defense is not illegal.”

Rittenhouse’s comments were some of the first made public after the jury’s decision.

The images of the teenager were part of a documentary about his case made by “Tucker Carlson Originals” will air on FOX Nation.

Shortly before interacting with the film crew in the back of a car, Rittenhouse was in a courtroom while a jury found him not guilty of five counts, including intentional manslaughter.

Rittenhouse was charged with first degree first degree manslaughter, first degree attempted manslaughter, first degree reckless manslaughter and two counts of first degree reckless endangerment after he shot dead two men and injured a third. during civil unrest in Kenosha in August last year.

The incident occurred during the riots over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man who was paralyzed after an officer shot him in the back several times.

During his trial, the teenager’s defense argued that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense when he fired his gun, which he illegally bought from a friend.

Prosecutors unsuccessfully argued that Rittenhouse could not claim self-defense because he provoked the protesters.

Fox News announced Friday that Rittenhouse would join Carlson on his show Monday at 8 p.m. ET after court proceedings. In the announcement, Fox News said that Carlson will release a documentary in December that contains additional portions of the interview between Rittenhouse and Carlson and behind-the-scenes clips of Rittenhouse and his defense team during the trial.

In a preview of the documentary released by Carlson on Friday, Rittenhouse explains how he has had nightmares since the shooting.

“I think they reached the correct verdict and I am glad that everything went well and it was a difficult journey, but we did it. We went through the hard part, “Rittenhouse said in the clip posted by Carlson.

The trailer also shows footage of Rittenhouse’s reaction when the jury announced its not guilty verdict.

Rittenhouse’s attorney, Mark Richards, told CNN that he disagreed with Carlson’s film crew following the legal team and kicked them out of the room multiple times. Richards said he did not have the final word on the matter, as the decision on the documentary rested with the Rittenhouse family and his adviser.

The Hill has contacted Fox News for comment.


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