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Rittenhouse tells Fox News ‘not a racist person,’ backs BLM

18-year-old was found not guilty on all charges last week

Kyle Rittenhouse during his trail at the Kenosha County Courthouse
Kyle Rittenhouse pulls numbers of jurors out of a tumbler during his trail at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. The jurors selected through this process will not participate in deliberations. Sean Krajacic/The Kenosha News via AP

Kyle Rittenhouse says in a new interview set to air on Monday that he’s “not a racist person” and supports the Black Lives Matter movement.

Rittenhouse was acquitted Friday on charges stemming from killing two men and wounding another during the unrest that followed the shooting of a Jacob Blake, a Black man, by a white police officer in Kenosha last year.

The 18-year-old told Fox News host Tucker Carlson in an interview set to air Monday night that the “case has nothing to do with race. It never had anything to do with race. It had to do with the right to self-defense.” Rittenhouse is white, as were the men he shot.

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Fox News officials said Saturday they didn’t pay Rittenhouse for any special access during his trial or after his acquittal.

After the verdict, Fox announced that Rittenhouse would give his first interview to Fox host Tucker Carlson and was participating in a documentary being made by Carlson’s team.

Rittenhouse’s lawyer, Mark Richards, said that a Fox documentary crew was embedded with Rittenhouse’s team against his wishes.

Richards told The Associated Press on Saturday that he didn’t think the filming was appropriate and that he had tossed the crew out of meetings several times.

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