From the moment that Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted in the shooting death of two violent protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Rittenhouse was found to have acted in self-defense, clearing his name of the murder charge, and also clearing the way for defamation lawsuits against those who spoke out against him over the course of his trial.
The young man now appears to have been “fueled” by the defamation trial of Johnny Depp, setting up the possibility of his own set of suits in the coming days.
“Johnny Depp trial is just fueling me, you can fight back against the lies in the media, and you should! ” the teen tweeted on Wednesday. He has hired Todd McMurtry, the attorney who helped former Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann sue CNN and other outlets for defamation, Business Insider reports. Rittenhouse fatally shot two men during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, but was acquitted on all counts last year.
The attorney is raring to go.
“I’ve been hired to head the effort to determine whom to sue, when to sue, where to sue,” McMurtry tells Fox News. “We’re going to look at everything that’s been said, determine which of those comments are legally actionable and proceed from there.” He says it’s “pretty much assured” that there are 10 to 15 “solid” cases against “large defendants.” He says major targets will be Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg because the platform designated the shooting as a “mass murder incident.”
And then, bluntly:
“To call somebody a mass murderer is seriously defamatory,” says McMurtry.