Kyle Rittenhouse is now a free man, but he’s far from leaving the spotlight.

Tucker Carlson, Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson announced Friday that a Fox Nation crew was filming for Tucker Carlson Original. The documentary will be available on Fox News Channel in December. Rittenhouse will be hosting the interview with him Monday night on Fox News Channel Primetime. This is his first television interview since his not guilty verdict.

Mark Richards (Rittenhouse’s lawyer), however, is not. toldCNN said that he “did not approve” of Rittenhouse’s film crew’s presence during Rittenhouse’s trial and that he even “threw them out the room many times.” 

He said that he didn’t believe a movie crew was appropriate to film something like this. However, the people raising money to pay the experts and the lawyers were doing so to make money. I didn’t approve, but it was something that I did.

After a contentious, highly publicized trial that split the country, Rittenhouse (18) was found not guilty of any charges. After being found not guilty of all charges, Rittenhouse smiled as he was taken from Kenosha’s courthouse. Later, he commented that self-defense was not illegal.

Tucker himself referred to the verdict Friday as ‘a wonderful moment,’ praising the jury and insisting ‘all of us should be celebrating.’ 

It is unclear what kind of influence Rittenhouse had over Carlson, one of America’s most watched cable news anchors and highly respected conservative commentator in the lead up to the trial and whether Rittenhouse was paid. 

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Tucker Carlson described the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse as 'a wonderful moment'

Tucker Carlson called the Kyle Rittenhouse acquittal a ‘wonderful moment’

Carlson's team was with Rittenhouse as he left the courthouse a free man, and spoke to him as he drove away from the courthouse for a Tucker Carlson Original documentary that will air in December on Fox Nation, the host said

Carlson’s crew was present with Rittenhouse after he left the courthouse. The team spoke to Rittenhouse while he drove off from the courthouse. It was for Tucker Carlson Original documentary, which will air December on Fox Nation.

Rittenhouse's lawyer, Mark Richards, told CNN he 'did not approve of that,' referring to the film crew being with Rittenhouse during the trial, and even 'threw them out of the room several times'

Mark Richards Rittenhouse’s lawyer stated to CNN that he “did not approve” of Rittenhouse’s film crew’s presence during Rittenhouse’s trial. The group even threw Rittenhouse out of the courtroom several times.

‘It’s the stuff that keeps you up at night, like… once you finally do get to sleep, your dreams are about what happened and you’re waking up in a dark, cold sweat,’ Rittenhouse begins in the trailer for the Fox Nation documentary that was posted Friday mere hours after the verdict.

“You had nightmares about what happened?” Rittenhouse is a question that can be asked by anyone.

The teen replies, “Every night,” ‘… “I’m still alive. But what would’ve happened if I was dead? Or what if Mr. [Joseph] Rosenbaum steal my gun?’

Rittenhouse could spend life behind bars if he is convicted of the most serious offense, using an AR style semi-automatic rifle for killing two men (Anthony Huber and Rosenbaum) and injuring a third man, Gaige Grosskreutz. 

Rittenhouse states in the trailer that almost every outcome will result in Rittenhouse being seriously hurt, injured, or killed. 

“Those are only the dreams that I have every day,” he says. The preview cuts to video of Friday’s verdict.  

Rittenhouse is seen in a car leaving the courthouse, talking to Carlson's team on Friday following his not guilty verdict

Rittenhouse can be seen getting out of the courthouse and talking with Carlson’s staff on Friday after his not guilty plea.

He was overcome with emotion and hugged his lawyer as the jury in his double-murder trial cleared him after four days deliberations and several weeks of testimony. At 12:15 on Friday, Kenosha in Wisconsin received the verdict.  

Rittenhouse stated to Fox News that the jury had reached the right verdict.

Self-defense is legal. They reached the right verdict. 

He added: ‘It’s been a tough journey but we made it through. It was hard, but we made it.

The vindicated teen will sit down with Fox News Channel for his first TV interview on Monday at 8 p.m. Carlson stated that ET is the correct translation. 

A portion of the interview will air on that same evening. The rest, however, will air in Tucker Carlson Originals.

Immediately after the verdict was read, Kyle Rittenhouse was whisked out of the courtroom and into a waiting SUV

Kyle Rittenhouse was immediately taken from the courtroom to an SUV waiting for him after the verdict was announced.

Rittenhouse was seen smiling in the back seat of the SUV as he was driven away from the Kenosha courthouse

As Rittenhouse drove away from Kenosha’s courthouse, he smiled in his SUV backseat. 

Carlson sympathized publicly with Rittenhouse during the past. 

He stated that “people in charge of Wisconsin from the governor on down refused enforce the law,” in August 2020.

“They watched Kenosha go up in flames. Are we surprised that arson and looting accelerated to the murder of Kenosha? We are shocked that 17-year olds with rifles decided to keep order where no one else would. 

Richards, outside of court Friday, said that Richards was experiencing a “huge relief” at his client’s verdict.

Richards stated that Richards was on his way back and he wanted to continue his life. He has to continue living his life as full and happy as possible. 

Because of numerous death threats, the lawyer believed that Rittenhouse’s family would leave the region.

“Kyle has been in therapy for PTSD. He said that he doesn’t go to sleep at night. 

Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all five counts Friday afternoon by a jury in the Kenosha County Circuit Court

Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all five counts Friday afternoon by a jury in the Kenosha County Circuit Court 

The verdict came in at 12:15pm Friday in Kenosha, Wisconsin, leading to fears that the city might once again erupt in violence

At 12:15 on Friday, Kenosha in Wisconsin received the verdict. This led to concerns that violence might once more erupt in the area.

As the first verdict was read, Rittenhouse, 18, started to shake as he fought back tears

By the end, he could hold them no longer and he collapsed into his chair then hugged defense attorney Corey Chirafisi

Rittenhouse was 18 years old when the first verdict was delivered. Rittenhouse began shaking as he tried to hold back his emotions. However, he couldn’t keep them together any more and he finally gave up and fell asleep in his chair. He then hugged defense lawyer Corey Chirafisi.

Rittenhouse, 18, collapsed in tears and then hugged Chirafisi as the jury in his double murder trial acquitted him of all charges after four days of deliberation and weeks of testimony

After four days and weeks of witness testimony, Rittenhouse (18) collapsed and hugged Chirafisi.

“Eventually, some anonymity will return to him but I doubt he will continue living here,” his lawyer said.

Richards said, “I believe it’s too risky.” Rittenhouse’s security has been following Rittenhouse around the clock, he explained. 

Rittenhouse, he said, has been the victim of a number of death threats. 

Richards disclosed that Rittenhouse gave testimony in mock trials. The jury response made it clear that Rittenhouse needed to stand. 

He stated that the jury proceedings were more lengthy than any other case in which he was involved.

His lawyer stated that Rittenhouse was innocent of the murders and the teenager plans to be a nurse. 

Kyle Rittenhouse (pictured above August 25, 2020) was arrested August 26, 2020, in his hometown of Antioch, Illinois and charged with first-degree intentional homicide over the shooting death of two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the previous day

Kyle Rittenhouse (pictured above August 25, 2020) was arrested August 26, 2020, in his hometown of Antioch, Illinois and charged with first-degree intentional homicide over the shooting death of two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the previous day

Kurz before, Rittenhouse traveled to Kenosha (Wisconsin) armed with an AR-15. There he killed and wounded two protesters. Rittenhouse interviewed right-wing media outlet The Daily Caller. 

A rifle was strapped across his back, and the teenager told The Outlet that he was an EMT. 

“People are being injured.” Rittenhouse spoke of the militia he was leading at that time, saying: “Our job is protect this business. Part of my job also is to help people.”  

‘If there’s somebody hurt, I’m running into harm’s way,’ added Rittenhouse, who was seen earlier guarding a local car shop with a group of armed militia members. 

“That’s why my rifle is there to protect me, evidently.” I have also my first aid kit.

Also, he said he’d been “de-escalating” a potentially violent situation in the previous night. He and his vigilante crew then ordered the protestors to flee a church they targeted.  

Shortly before the attack, and armed with a rifle slung across his body, Rittenhouse told The Daily Called he was a certified EMT and said he was patrolling the streets of Kenosha to provide medical attention to anyone who had been injured and protect businesses

Rittenhouse, armed with his rifle and carrying it across his body, told The Daily Called that he was an EMT certified and was on patrol in Kenosha, providing medical care to any injured people and protecting businesses.

Rittenhouse’s lawyer vented anger at Thomas Binger, the prosecutor after the trial. 

“Justice is when truth is found. The truth is what the prosecution should seek. Richards explained that winning is not the goal.

He praised Judge Bruce Schroeder and said he presided over an ‘fair trial’.

He gave him a fair trial for you as a defendant, but you don’t want him sentence your client’s case,’ he stated, referring to his history of giving harsh sentences.

“If we lost, we all know the outcome. He would have been sentenced to life imprisonment. We applied for a fair trial, and were granted one.

He said that Rittenhouse was allowed to choose from a tumbler jurors to become alternates.

Binger made it very clear that he wouldn’t comment on the verdict of the case earlier in the week.

However, his boss, Kenosha County Sheriff Mike Graveley released a statement that said: “We respect the jury verdict, based on three-and-a-half days of careful deliberations.

“Certainly, questions regarding self-defense are highly contentious today.”

Graveley also appealed for calm. ‘We ask all members of public to accept the verdicts peacefully, and not resorting to violence. 

Rittenhouse's mother Wendy was in the public gallery and burst into tears as the verdicts were read

Wendy Rittenhouse was Rittenhouse’s mother and she was there in public gallery.

Clearly disappointed, prosecutor Thomas Binger, who has been heavily criticized for his actions during the case, sat back in his chair, looked at the ceiling, and issued a sigh as the verdict came in

Evidently disappointed, Thomas Binger, the prosecutor in the case, slumped in his chair and looked up at the ceiling. He then sighed as the verdict was read. 

Judge Bruce Schroeder listens as the verdicts are read by Judicial Assistant Tami Mielcarek in Kyle Rittenhouse's trial

Watch as Judge Bruce Schroeder listens to Tami Mielcarek, Judicial Assistant, reads verdicts during Kyle Rittenhouse trial.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel., Rittenhouse was attacked during 2020 summertime Riots. This happened two days after Jacob Blake, an African-American man, was killed when officers tried to respond to “family trouble” at 5.15 p.m. on August 23.

Kenosha felt again at risk Friday, as both protesters and supporters gathered on the steps of the courthouse after the verdict. 

This verdict is the dramatic conclusion to a lengthy trial, which was marred by controversy and drama that threatened to derail proceedings multiple times. 

On Friday, President Joe Biden declared that he stood by the jury verdict. Republicans demanded that he apologise for calling Kenosha shooter white supremacist after the shootings.

I stand beside the jury, as long as it has ended. Biden stated that the jury system is working and that he must abide by it. He was returning from Walter Reed Medical Center where he underwent a routine physical.

He stated that he only heard the verdict “a moment ago”, and added that he had not seen the trial. The trial featured dramatic clashes among the defense and prosecution attorneys, and witness testimony by the teenage accused in an episode that was covered on cable news. 

Republican lawmakers, along with other officials, demand that Biden apologize for his links to white supremacists when he ran for president. 

Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton stated in a statement that Joe Biden must publicly apologize for the offenses committed against Kyle Rittenhouse immediately following the verdict.

Rittenhouse’s former classmates claim that Rittenhouse was an angry student at Lakes Community High School before his fame.

Before he gained infamy, Rittenhouse was a hot-tempered student at Lakes Community High School, his former classmates said

Rittenhouse’s former classmates claimed that Rittenhouse was already a fiery student at Lakes Community High School when he first gained fame.

‘When he got mad or offended he would always say he could “f***me up,” but everyone would just laugh because he was like a 5-foot-4 chubby freshman boy who we thought wasn’t capable of harm,’ a student told Vice right after the shooting in August 2020.

Others told the outlet Rittenhouse liked guns, police and former President Donald Trump. Rittenhouse also enjoyed triggering the libs. 

Rittenhouse, who was born to Wendy and Mike Rittenhouse on January 3, 2000, was brought up in broken homes after his parents split.

Wendy Rittenhouse is a single mother with three kids. The family struggled financially and was repeatedly evicted, The New Yorker reported.

In 2018, she filed for bankruptcy and was admitted to hospital with a stomach bleed. Her son then found work as a fry chef and janitor in order to help the family financially.

He also previously participated in a youth public safety cadet program (pictured), according to social media

Rittenhouse has previously been a part of a youth cadet programme in public safety.

When he was in ninth grade, the aspiring first responder joined an ‘explorers program’ at the Grayslake Police Department in Illinois, which the local police chief said was meant to ‘teach self-discipline, responsibility and other appropriate life lessons to troubled teens,’ the magazine reported.

The Antioch Fire Department also had him enroll in the cadet program. Chief Jon Cokefair explained to The New Yorker, ‘Most kids doing this don’t do football. They’re not cheerleaders. They are focusing on this.

Rittenhouse, according to all reports, seemed to be a fan of the police.

The Facebook page of Rittenhouse before it was deleted reflected his admiration for law enforcement and was heavily praised on social media.

Much of Rittenhouse's Facebook is devoted to praising law enforcement, with references to Blue Lives Matter - the movement that supports police

Rittenhouse used Facebook to praise law enforcement and make references to Blue Lives Matter (the movement that supports police).

Kyle can be seen in a photo posted by his mom wearing a blue uniform for law enforcement and a brimmed cap like state troopers. 

According to records, his mother claimed that a classmate had called him dumb and stupid in January 2017 and threatened him while she tried to get protection from the police.  

Rittenhouse was identified by court papers as a Lindenhurst YMCA lifeguard. 

Rittenhouse was front row, in January 2020 at the Trump rally in Des Moines (Iowa). 

How many charges has Kyle Rittenhouse faced? 

Kyle Rittenhouse killed two men and injured the third during protests against police brutality at Kenosha (Wisconsin) in August 2020. Rittenhouse claimed that he shot in self defense after being attacked by the men. 

Below are the main charges and lesser ones that were brought to court by the prosecutors.


The felony charges are related to Rittenhouse’s first victim, Joseph Rosenbaum. A bystander video captures Rosenbaum following Rittenhouse across a parking area and tossing a plastic bag at his face. Rittenhouse runs behind his car, and Rosenbaum is right there following. The video that was shown at the trial shows Rittenhouse spinning around firing his gun as Rosenbaum pursued him. Richie McGinniss was a reporter following Rittenhouse and testified that Rosenbaum tried to grab Rittenhouse’s gun.

Intentional homicide is different from reckless homicide because the prosecutors don’t claim Rittenhouse wanted to kill Rosenbaum. Instead they are alleging that Rittenhouse was responsible for Rosenbaum’s death under circumstances that show an absolute disregard for human lives.

This charge can lead to up to 60 years imprisonment. Additional five-years are required for the dangerous weapon modifier.


The Rosenbaum shooting is the subject of this felony. McGinniss claimed that he was near the scene of Rittenhouse’s shooting of Rosenbaum. This charge can lead to 12 1/2 years imprisonment. An additional five years is required to be served for weapons modifications.

Schroeder was asked by the prosecution to allow jurors to consider an additional degree of this charge. It doesn’t have to be found that Rittenhouse had acted with an utter disregard for the life of others. Schroeder stated that he would allow the instruction to be given, but he did not make any final decisions. This charge can lead to up to 10 years imprisonment.


Unidentified man appears to be leaping towards Rittenhouse in an attempt to kick him. Anthony Huber, on his skateboard, moves toward Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse fires two shots at Rittenhouse, but it appears that he misses the man as he runs off.

The charge of felony is punishable with 12 1/2 years imprisonment. Another weapon modifier would increase the sentence to 5 years.

Schroeder indicated that he wouldn’t agree with prosecutors’ demand for jurors being allowed to look at this case in the second degree.


Huber was also charged with this charge. Rittenhouse can be seen sprinting down the street following the shooting of Rosenbaum. Huber jumps at him, swings a skateboard at the neck and head, and attempts to grab Rittenhouse’s gun. Rittenhouse then fires. Huber is alleged to have been shot by Rittenhouse in the criminal complaint.

Intentional murder is when someone deliberately kills another person. Bucher stated that Rittenhouse could have pointed the gun at Huber, and then pulled the trigger. This would be intentional homicide. But self-defense will override the charges.

Bucher stated, “Why I wanted to kill that individual makes the distinction.”

A mandatory sentence of life is imposed on the count. This would allow for a weapons modification of up to 5 years.


Rittenhouse shot Gaige Grosskreutz in his arm, seconds after shooting Huber. Grosskreutz approached him with a gun. Grosskreutz survived. Video of Rittenhouse firing one round at Grosskreutz.

A maximum sentence of 60 year is possible for this charge. An additional five years could be added to the sentence for weapons modification.

A second-degree attempt at intentional homicide can result in a sentence of up to 30 years.


Rittenhouse was equipped with an AR-style semiautomatic rifle. Rittenhouse was just 17 when the shootings took place. Wisconsin law bans minors possessing firearms other than for hunting. On Friday, it was unclear what Schroeder intended to say about this charge.

This is a misdemeanor that can lead to up to nine years behind bars.

Judge Bruce Schroeder has dismissed the 6th count from Rittenhouse’s Monday morning rap sheet. 

DISMISSED-COUNT 7: Failure to comply with an emergency order from the state or local government

Rittenhouse, who was accused of being on the streets following an 8 p.m. city curfew, was sentenced to a small offense with a maximum $200 fine. The defense claimed that the prosecution didn’t provide enough evidence to support the charge, and Judge Bruce Schroeder dismissed it during week two of the trial.