Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, has spoken out after he was seen smiling while being driven away from the courthouse on Friday afternoon.
The teen, who was cleared of all charges, broke down in tears and embraced his attorney after the jury acquitted him of all charges.
Speaking to Fox News, Rittenhouse said: “The jury reached the correct verdict.”
“Self-defense is not illegal,” Rittenhouse continued. “I am glad they reached the correct verdict.
“It’s been a tough journey but we made it through. We made it through the hard part.”
The 18-year-old is set to sit down for his first TV interview with Fox News on Monday. According to the news station, some parts of the interview will air that night while other portions will be in Tucker Carlson Originals.
Rittenhouse faced life behind bars if convicted for using an AR-style semi-automatic rifle to take the lives of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and injure another, Gaige Grosskreutz.
Defense lawyer Mark Richards said the teen was feeling a ‘huge sense of relief’ after the verdict was announced.
He said outside the court: “He is on his way home, he wants to get on with his life. He has to get on with his life the best he can.”
He also said that he believes the Rittenhouse family would leave the area due to the number of threats they keep on receiving.
“Kyle is in counseling for PTSD,” Richards said. “He doesn’t sleep at night.”
“Eventually some anonymity will come back to him but I don’t think he will continue to live in this area,” he continued.
“I think it’s too dangerous,” he said, adding that the teen had security following him at all times ‘since this happened.’
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