Kyle Rittenhouse Blasts 'Dishonest Media' After Jussie Smollett Verdict

Kyle Rittenhouse blasted what he called "dishonest media" after the sentencing of former Empire actor Jussie Smollett to 150 days in prison and 30 months felony probation.

Rittenhouse, who was acquitted in November on all charges in the killing of two men in Kenosha, Wisconsin, criticized the media for their coverage of both cases.

"The media called me a white supremacist from the start and instantly called Jussie Smollett innocent," Rittenhouse tweeted on Friday.

Smollett was found guilty on five of six charges in December for staging an attack against himself in 2019 that was made to look like a racist and homophobic hate crime. He maintained that he was innocent at his sentencing on Thursday.

"I'm thankful our justice system in America doesn't work like the dishonest media; who refused to get the answers before declaring the innocent guilty and the guilty innocent," Rittenhouse said.

Last month, Rittenhouse launched a new donation fund he says will help take certain media outlets and individuals to court to hold them accountable for their "lies."

Both Smollett and Rittenhouse's cases were subject to major media attention, with high profile figures including President Joe Biden weighing in on both matters.

Rittenhouse claimed during an appearance on Fox News in November that Biden had defamed his character and referred to him as a white supremacist, referring to a campaign video during the 2020 election that featured Rittenhouse and Biden accusing then President Donald Trump of not disavowing white supremacists.

Tweets from the president and Vice President Kamala Harris expressing support for Smollett in 2019 were still available on Friday following the actor's sentencing.

Smollett was sentenced on Thursday to 30 months of felony probation with no travel restrictions and will spend the first 150 days of his sentence in the Cook County Jail. He will also have to pay restitution to the city of Chicago of $120,106 and a fine of $25,000.

He maintained that he was innocent in remarks after his sentencing and screamed "I am not suicidal" to the court. Footage of his comments subsequently went viral on social media.

"I am innocent. I could have said I am guilty a long time ago," Smollett said.

As he was led from the court, the actor said: "If anything happens to me when I go in there I did not do it to myself."

In November 2021, a jury found Rittenhouse not guilty on five counts including first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless homicide following a high profile trial in Wisconsin. The charges arose from the fatal shooting of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber as well as the shooting and injury of Gaige Grosskreutz.

Since his acquittal, Rittenhouse has been an outspoken critic of the media and vowed to sue news organizations and media personalities who spread what he described as "lies."

Composite Image Shows Rittenhouse and Smollett
A composite image shows Kyle Rittenhouse and Jussie Smollett. Rittenhouse has slammed the media in the wake of Smollett's sentencing. Getty Images