Kyle Rittenhouse said in an interview Monday that his former attorneys purposefully kept him in jail for 87 days for their own political and financial benefits.
Rittenhouse said his attorneys Lin Wood and John Pierce told him that he was “safer” in jail than he would be if he was released on bail. He said Wood “raised money on his behalf” and told him to accept media interviews “against his wishes.”
“Lin Wood was raising money on my behalf and he held me in jail for 87 days, disrespected my wishes, put me on media interviews which I should never have gotten into,” he said. “But he said ‘hey, you’re going to go talk to the Washington Post’ which was not a good idea. Along with John Pierce, they said I was safer in jail instead of at home with my family.”
The 18-year-old said Wood and Pierce took advantage of him for political and financial benefits, instead of helping him to get released.
“Eighty-seven days of not being with my family for defending myself and being taken advantage to, being used for a cause by John Pierce and Lin Wood trying to raise money so they can take it for their own benefit. Not trying to set me free.”
The attorneys had reportedly raised over a million dollars by Sept. 5, just days after he was arrested on August 25, 2020, for the shootings of Joseph Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber and Gaige Grosskreutz, however, was not released from jail until Nov. 20 due to Wood and Pierce’s recommendations, Rittenhouse said.
“They could’ve had me sign the waiver for extradition and had me back in Wisconsin and I could’ve been bailed out by mid-September,” Rittenhouse said. “They wanted to keep me in jail until November 20.”
Lin Wood is a bad person. https://t.co/ordKM3uRxk
— Alex Bruesewitz (@alexbruesewitz) November 23, 2021