Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Kyle Rittenhouse Hires Defamation Lawyer, Plans to File ‘At Least 10’ Lawsuits

'We're going to look at everything that's been said, determine which of those comments are legally actionable and proceed from there... '

(Headline USAKyle Rittenhouse has hired a defamation lawyer who represented former Covington Catholic high school student Nick Sandmann and said he plans to file “at least 10” defamation lawsuits against prominent figures and companies in the next several weeks.

“I’ve been hired to head the effort to determine whom to sue, when to sue, where to sue,” Todd McMurtry, who now represents Rittenhouse, told Fox News on Thursday.

“We’re going to look at everything that’s been said, determine which of those comments are legally actionable and proceed from there.”

McMurtry said it’s “pretty much assured that there’s probably 10 to 15 solid” cases against “large defendants.”

Rittenhouse became the subject of national controversy during the summer of 2020 when he shot and killed two rioters who were chasing him down. A jury ruled last year that he acted in self-defense and acquitted him of all charges.

Plenty of public figures, however, smeared Rittenhouse as a “white supremacist” and “murderer.” 

“Let’s just use for an example what Facebook and [CEO] Mark Zuckerberg said about [Rittenhouse],” McMurtry explained. “They said that he was involved in a mass murder incident. This was not a mass murder incident. It was clearly factually false.

“To call somebody a mass murderer is seriously defamatory,” he continued.

“And then to use the power of social media to basically … censor any views that would take opposition to that mass murderer statement is a serious effort to destroy his character. And it was seriously mistaken and seriously defamatory.”

Rittenhouse has also named NBA start LeBron James as a potential defendant after James mocked him for his emotional display on the witness stand.

“He’ll be getting a letter, too,” Rittenhouse said.

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