Kyle Rittenhouse revealed that the lawsuits against him are making it hard for him to move on with his life.
Kyle Rittenhouse, who as a teenager shot and killed two people at an anti-racism protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is being sued by the estate of one of the men who died.
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) August 30, 2023
Rittenhouse, 20, was tried and acquitted after he shot Joseph Rosenbaum in self-defense during the 2020 Black Lives Matter riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rosenbaum’s estate recently filed a lawsuit against Rittenhouse for compensatory and punitive damages for the wrongful death of Rosenbaum. The lawsuit also named the local sheriff’s departments, the City of Kenosha, the City of West Allis and several counties as defendants.
Gaige Grosskreutz, another man who Rittenhouse shot in the arm during the riot, filed a lawsuit against the 20-year-old earlier this year.
I’m being sued again for defending my life. https://t.co/6CrN40Y6tB
— Kyle Rittenhouse (@ThisIsKyleR) August 25, 2023
In an interview with Texas Scorecard, Rittenhouse revealed that the lawsuits were making it difficult for him to step out of his house without fear of being harassed and assaulted.
“These lawsuits are making it harder and harder for me to move on with my life,” Rittenhouse told Texas Scorecard. “It is extremely difficult to go outside without fear of being harassed or assaulted because of the lies spread in these lawsuits. No one should have to continue to defend the fact that they acted in self-defense.”
Rittenhouse was 17 when he shot and killed Rosenbaum in self-defense. The then-17-year-old was volunteering with several others who wanted to protect private properties amid the violence and destruction of the 2020 BLM riot.
Rittenhouse, who was armed with an AR-style semi automatic rifle, shot Rosenbaum after the deceased threatened to take his gun and kill him. Rittenhouse argued in court that he shot Rosenbaum in self-defense. A jury later acquitted Rittenhouse on all charges in November 2021.
The 20-year-old received widespread support among Republicans during and after his 2021 trial.
On this day in 2020. Kyle Rittenhouse was attacked by Joseph Rosenbaum. A man that was convicted of brutally raping 5 small children. Rittenhouse blew him away.
Rittenhouse is a Hero. pic.twitter.com/smsGKCNuFV
— CAMELOT331 (Discount Chris Pratt) (@CAMELOT331) August 25, 2023
“Kyle Rittenhouse did what we should want citizens to do in such a situation: step forward to defend the community against mob violence,” said Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) sponsored a bill to award Rittenhouse a congressional gold medal for protecting the community of Kenosha. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and two other lawmakers suggested offering Rittenhouse an internship in their offices on Capitol Hill.