Kyle Rittenhouse Says He's Not 'Been Offered a Penny' For Doing Publicity Tour

Kyle Rittenhouse said he has not been paid for any of the public appearances he has made amid his ongoing post-trial publicity tour.

Speaking to Fox News, the 18-year-old claimed he has not been given "a penny" for the media appearances or speaking events he attended after being acquitted of murder charges for killing two people at Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020.

Rittenhouse said he has refused payment as he is more concerned about clearing his name following the highly divisive trial.

"I haven't been offered a penny, and I wouldn't accept a penny because I'm out here taking back my character telling the world who I am and defending myself in the public opinion."

The interview with Fox News took place as Rittenhouse was due to appear as a guest speaker at the the Turning Point USA conference in Phoenix.

Rittenhouse was given a standing ovation, had his own theme song played as he walked out on stage and was described as a "hero to millions" by founder of Turning Point USA and Newsweek columnist Charlie Kirk at the event held at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Following his acquittal in November, Rittenhouse has also been interviewed by Fox News' Tucker Carlson, met Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago land resort and given interviews for numerous right-wing media companies where he is praised as a patriotic hero and bastion of Second Amendment rights for acting in self-defense that night in Kenosha.

Elsewhere in the Fox News interview with Pete Hegseth, Rittenhouse said it was "frustrating" to watch how the media attempted to portray him as a racist or a white supremacist for killing two people at Black Lives Matter protests in the months prior to his trial.

"It was frustrating, because I knew it was all lies. And I was like, 'there's none of that.' I'm not a white supremacist or a racist, what the media is saying. There's nothing to show that," he said.

"It's just disappointing. They're supposed to report the truth and the facts. Yet they're out here lying."

The 18-year-old suggested the media is more powerful than the American legal system because it "can have a big influence on the general public" which could have affected his own trial.

Rittenhouse also said he will only see his family at Christmas this year over FaceTime over fears for their safety.

"We FaceTime on a daily basis but to keep them safe off the grid a little bit so they can still have their freedoms because they're not as easily recognizable as I am."

Turning Point USA has been contacted about the no payment claims.

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Kyle Rittenhouse peers at the screen as attorneys for both sides argue about a video in Kenosha Circuit Court on November 12, 2021 in Wisconsin. The 18-year-old has claimed he has not been paid for any of his post trial public appearances. Mark Hertzberg-Pool/Getty Images