Kyle Rittenhouse says Johnny Depp’s win is ‘fueling’ him to get moving on suing Mark Zuckerberg
Kyle Rittenhouse said Johnny Depp’s win in the libel suit against ex-wife Amber Heard “fuels” the young man to speed up filing lawsuits against Mark Zuckerberg and up to 15 others for alleged defamation.
Rittenhouse, 19, who was acquitted of murder last year after shooting two men during the 2020 Kenosha riots, tweeted on Wednesday that news would be released this week about the defamation cases he plans to file against those who accused him of crimes. ‘murderer’ and a ‘white supremist’.
“Johnny Depp’s trial just feeds me. You can fight back against the lies in the media, and you should,” Rittenhouse wrote, saying the news would be announced on Fox and on his The Media Accountability Project website.
Attorney Todd McMurtry, who represents Rittenhouse, said: Fox news on Thursday that some 10 to 15 lawsuits will be filed against “major defendants,” including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Kyle Rittenhouse said he is preparing to file lawsuits against those who allegedly defamed him when they called him a “murderer” and a “white supremacist.”
Rittenhouse’s attorney named Meta CEO and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, pictured, as a key figure who will be charged by the 19-year-old, along with nine to 15 others
Rittenhouse said he was fueled to speed up lawsuits following Johnny Depp’s (pictured) win against ex-wife Amber Heard in their $100 million defamation lawsuit
McMurtry fired Zuckerberg over Facebook’s alleged labeling of the Kenosha shootings as a “mass murder incident.”
“This wasn’t mass murder,” McMurtry told Fox. “It was clearly factually incorrect.”
Calling someone a mass murderer is seriously defamatory. And then to use the power of social media to essentially . . . censor any opinion that would oppose that statement by the mass murderer is a serious attempt to destroy his character,” he said.
“It was a grave mistake and gravely defamatory.”
“Facebook has too big of a voice, they can do a lot of damage compared to someone who might have a small blog with 100 subscribers. But we’re going to look at everything we have access to that’s published, and decide which ones are executable,” he added.
McMurtry previously represented Nicholas Sandmann, a high school student who sued NBC, CNN and the Washington Post after branding him a racist when he was seen next to fellow Covington Catholic High School students yelling insults at Native protesters.
Sandmann had claimed he was there to try to defuse the tense situation and settle the lawsuits on undisclosed terms.
Earlier this year, Rittenhouse suggested that The View’s Whoopi Goldberg and Cenk Uygur, of the Young Turks, would be among the people he plans to prosecute.
Rittenhouse (right) had told Tucker Carlson in February that Whoopi Goldberg and Cenk Uygur, of the Young Turks, may be among the people he is charging
Speaking to Tucker Carlson in February, Rittenhouse said, “We’re looking at quite a few politicians, celebrities, athletes, Whoopi Goldberg is on the list.
“She called me a murderer after I was acquitted by a jury of my colleagues. She still said that, and there are still others.’
He also revealed that Cenk Uygur, the founder of the Young Turks show, is within his reach. The Young Turks Show is a liberal and left-wing news commentary show on YouTube that additionally appears on select television channels.
“We’re going to hold everyone who lied about me accountable, like everyone who lied called me a white supremacist,” Rittenhouse told Carlson. “They are all being held accountable. And we’re going to deal with them in a courtroom.”
Last year a jury in Wisconsin acquitted Rittenhouse of all charges. They ranged from murder to reckless danger.
“My trial revealed a deep corruption in our media that cannot go unanswered. Their blatant lies, slander and propaganda were malicious attempts to tear our nation apart and destroy my life – and I am determined to hold them accountable,” he said after the verdict.
“My team and I have decided to launch The Media Accountability Project as a tool to fundraise and hold the media accountable for the lies they have said, and to take them to court,” he explained.
“I don’t want anyone else to have to deal with what I’ve been through. So I want to hold them accountable for what they did to me, because I don’t want anyone to go through what I went through.”
McMurtry told Fox that Rittenhouse and his team can prove the 19-year-old’s reputation and that his “job prospects are permanently diminished.”
Not to mention what they call eternal reputation damage, which means Kyle will never interact with anyone they don’t know who they are. And this will haunt him for the rest of his life,” the lawyer added.
“Everyone will prejudice him in every new interaction he has with everyone for the rest of his life, and that’s called perpetual reputational damage. … The social media hysteria caused all this because people cannot act reasonably and rationally in certain circumstances.’