- After being acquitted, Kyle Rittenhouse claimed he was exploited by his former legal team.
- Rittenhouse said Lin Wood and John Pierce raised money for his business “for their own benefit”.
- Rittenhouse became a Conservative star before and during his trial for shooting people during a protest.
Kyle Rittenhouse accused his former lawyers Lin Wood and John Pierce of using money from his legal defense fund for their own benefit.
The claim came in an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson that aired Monday night, exacerbating a feud between Rittenhouse and his former legal team.
Rittenhouse was acquitted of several counts on Friday, including manslaughter. During his trial in Kenosha, Wisconsin, he abandoned his first legal team and replaced it with attorneys who successfully executed his defense.
In his interview with Carlson, Rittenhouse addressed what he claims to be failures of his first legal team, led by Wood and Pierce, prominent attorneys for Donald Trump.
—Greg Price (@ greg_price11) 23 November 2021
Rittenhouse has become a hero to many conservatives after he shot Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and injured Gaige Grosskreutz on August 25, 2020.
Rittenhouse is currently in litigation with Wood, a lawyer with ties to the QAnon conspiracy theory movement, on the $ 2 million fund raised for Rittenhouse after his detention.
The bond was set so high because Rittenhouse was considered a flight risk given the profile of his case, his powerful Tory supporters and the potential severity of the sentence if convicted.
But Wood’s organization, Fight Back, is also claiming the fund, saying it raised a large chunk of the money. He said $ 700,000 had been spent on legal fees for Rittenhouse and that Wood had personally guaranteed the loans to the fund.
“Someone fueled Kyle’s misinformation, for some reason,” Wood told Rittenhouse’s Daily Beast claims.
Insider has reached out to Wood and Pierce for comment.
Rittenhouse also slammed Wood and Pierce for not doing more to get him released from a youth detention center
“Lin Wood was fundraising on my behalf and he held me in jail for 87 days, not respecting my wishes,” he said.
Rittenhouse said he and Pierce encouraged him to speak to news outlets like the Washington Post, which he said was “not a good idea.”
“They said I was safer in jail than at home with my family,” Rittenhouse said.
“Did your lawyer say that?” Carlson asked.
“My lawyers said that,” Rittenhouse replied. “John Pierce and Lin Wood.”
“Eighty-seven days is a long time to be in jail,” Carlson said.
“It was a very long time,” said Rittenhouse, who was 17 when he was taken to the detention center. “I lost a lot of weight in there.”
He added, “But 87 days without being with my family for standing up for myself and being exploited, used for a cause by these – by John Pierce and Lin Wood… trying to raise money so they can do it. take for their own benefit, not trying to free me. “
He went on to claim that Pierce had falsely stated that he had been part of a “militia”, a claim that Rittenhouse was not true.
“I’m not in a militia. I don’t know what it is,” he said.