Kyle Rittenhouse, the Wisconsin teen who was exonerated after being forced to defend himself from a crowd of rioters, now says he’s taking aim at Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, for one of his highly anticipated defamation lawsuits.
Rittenhouse hired Todd McMurtry, who helped successfully secure a settlement of undisclosed dollar amount for former Covington Catholic high school student Nick Sandmann.
“I’m looking forward to working with Todd McMurty,” wrote Rittenhouse on Twitter. “He’s been helping my friend [Nick Sandmann] and I’m excited now to have him on my [team].” Rittenhouse linked to an article by Fox News that revealed McMurty is taking aim at Zuckerberg.
— Kyle Rittenhouse (@ThisIsKyleR) June 3, 2022
“I’ve been hired to head the effort to determine whom to sue, when to sue, where to sue,” the veteran lawyer told the outlet. “We’re going to look at everything that’s been said, determine which of those comments are legally actionable and proceed from there.”
Apparently McMurty believes “there’s probably 10 to 15 solid” cases for Rittenhouse to pursue against “large defendants,” with two of the largest being Zuckerberg and Facebook, the formerly eponymous name of Zuckerberg’s company Meta.
“Let’s just use for an example what Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg said about [Rittenhouse]. They said that he was involved in a mass murder incident,” McMurtry told Fox News. “This was not a mass murder incident. It was clearly factually false.”
“To call somebody a mass murderer is seriously defamatory. And then to use the power of social media to basically,” the lawyer explained, “censor any views that would take opposition to that mass murderer statement is a serious effort to destroy his character.” He stressed, “And it was seriously mistaken and seriously defamatory.”
Rittenhouse was accused of shooting two rioters to death and maiming a third after he was attacked by Black Lives Matter rioters in Kenosha, Wisconsin during the civil unrest that gripped the nation in the summer of that year.
After a lengthy trial and jury deliberation that captured the national spotlight, Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges. He has since started attending college, and has spoken in favor of legal self defense, gun ownership, and media integrity at conservative events.