An attorney representing Kyle Rittenhouse, the Wisconsin teenager facing homicide charges in connection to the fatal shootings of two people during a protest in late August, announced that Rittenhouse will be suing Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden after Biden’s campaign shared an ad labeling Rittenhouse a “white supremacist.”
Lin Wood, Rittenhouse’s civil attorney, said he intends to sue the former vice president if Biden does not retract a 50-second ad that features Rittenhouse:
There’s no other way to put it: the President of the United States refused to disavow white supremacists on the debate stage last night. pic.twitter.com/Q3VZTW1vUV
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 30, 2020
Wood called the smear “libel” and warned Biden that it would be treated as such:
On behalf of Kyle Rittenhouse, I shall sue @JoeBiden & Biden/Harris Campaign for libel.
I am partisan in 20/20 supporting @realDonaldTrump.
I am non-partisan trial lawyer who aggressively pursues truth to achieve justice.
Put in your hearing aid, Joe. You will hear footsteps.
— Lin Wood (@LLinWood) September 30, 2020
Wood had previously demanded that Biden make a public retraction, since recent video footage shows Rittenhouse was on scene to act as a medic and to help put out fires.
Another attorney for Rittenhouse, Marina Medvin, said there is “absolutely no evidence, not even a pinch” to support Democrats’ “defamatory accusations.”
Statement from @MarinaMedvin, one of Rittenhouse’s lawyers: There is absolutely no evidence, not even a pinch, of this defamatory accusation that my client Kyle Rittenhouse is a “white supremacist” — none… They can retract and apologize, or they can deal with Lin Wood in court. https://t.co/yQpWetxLDO pic.twitter.com/agKS6t2zTi
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) September 30, 2020