After Johnny Depp’s success in court, Kyle Rittenhouse says he is now motivated to go on with his own defamation claims and that he is feeling encouraged to do so.
“Johnny Depp trial is just fueling me,” Rittenhouse tweeted, hinting at an announcement. “You can fight back against the lies in the media, and you should.”
The selection of Todd McMurtry as his attorney was the significant news that was announced. McMurtry is well known for his representation of Nick Sandmann, a student at Covington Catholic High School. Sandmann was involved in a confrontation with a Native American protester at the Lincoln Memorial in January of 2019, which received widespread media coverage.
To this point, McMurtry has been of assistance to Sandmann in negotiating settlements in defamation lawsuits filed against CNN, the Washington Post, and NBC. There are now pending legal actions taken against the New York Times, CBS, ABC, and Rolling Stone.
“I’ve been hired to head the effort to determine whom to sue, when to sue, where to sue,” McMurtry says to 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.” McMurtry adds that he’s confident “that there are probably 10 to 15 solid [cases against] large defendants.”
Wendy Rittenhouse, Rittenhouse’s mother, noted that in an email update that she sent out to supporters: “With Todd now on board, it’s off to the races in our fight to hold some very powerful propagandists accountable for maliciously and dishonestly attacking my son.”
In a series of appearances with media after his acquittal, Rittenhouse mentioned many people he planned to sue for dubbing him a ‘murderer or white supremacist’. McMurtry only identified one person on Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg, Vice noted.
“Let’s just use for an example what Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg said about [Rittenhouse],” McMurtry said. “They said that he was involved in a mass murder incident. 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 … censor any views that would take opposition to that mass murderer statement is a serious effort to destroy his character.”
While the fundraising email did not specify any targets other than Zuckerberg, Rittenhouse has previously said that his prospective targets include Whoopi Goldberg, and “a few politicians, celebrities, athletes.” “She [Whoopi] called me a murderer after I was acquitted by a jury of my peers. She went on to still say that.”
Rittenhouse has also said that he intends to file a lawsuit against Cenk Uygur, host of the The Young Turks.
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