Kyle Rittenhouse has just experienced a roller-coaster of emotional moments, but he is now a free man, and life awaits him.
“The jury reached the correct verdict. Self-defense is not illegal,” the 18-year-old Rittenhouse said, smiling in the backseat of a car.
Rittenhouse, who was found not guilty on all five charges by a Wisconsin jury, will be interviewed by Fox News’s Tucker Carlson on Monday at 8 p.m. ET.
Rittenhouse will also appear in a Fox Nation documentary titled “Tucker Carlson Originals,” which will broadcast in December. Additional segments of the conversation will be included in the documentary and exclusive behind-the-scenes access to Rittenhouse and his defense team, reported Fox news.
In a preview clip of the documentary, Rittenhouse told the film crew he “made it through the hard part.”
“I believe they came to the correct verdict and I’m glad that everything went well,” Rittenhouse said. “It’s been a rough journey but we made it through it. We made it through the hard part.”
He also claimed that he has nightmares “every single night,” about what could have happened to him that night and wakes up in a “cold sweat.”
“It’s scary actually because the dreams feel so real, and they’re not the same at all, they’re all different—they’re the different scenarios that run through your head,” he said. “I’m alive, but what could have happened? Like what if I wasn’t alive, or what if I didn’t let Mr. Rosenbaum steal my gun?
“The outcome is bad but almost every outcome is me getting seriously injured or hurt or dead. Those are just the dreams I have on a daily basis.”
After the judgment, Mark Richards, the teen’s lead lawyer, said that Rittenhouse wants to put the case behind him, reported NY Post.
“He’s relieved, and he looks forward to getting on with his life. And having a jury of 12 people find him not guilty meant the world to him, in practical and symbolic ways,” Richards said on the steps of the courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
“I don’t think he’ll continue to live in this area—it’s too dangerous,” Richards added. “He’s had 24-hour security since this happened.”
Rittenhouse, an Illinois resident, was accused of murdering two people and injuring another amid riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake.
His attorneys had argued that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense. When the 18-year-old entered the witness stand and offered his account of the events leading up to the tragic killings, he stunned the nation.