Kyle Rittenhouse Says Lin Wood 'Disrespected My Wishes' by Keeping Him in Jail

Kyle Rittenhouse has accused his former attorney Lin Wood of having delayed his release from jail following the teenager's arrest over the Kenosha, Wisconsin, shootings in August 2020, insisting the lawyer "disrespected my wishes" to be bailed.

Rittenhouse criticized Wood and John Pierce, another fellow former attorney of his, during a lengthy interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Monday night—days after he was found not guilty on all charges—including two counts of homicide—on Friday.

During the interview, the 18-year-old told how he was kept in jail for 87 days while Wood and Pierce attempted to raise the $2 million bail needed to have him released from custody via a fundraising effort from their Fightback Foundation.

Rittenhouse said that the pair purposely kept him in jail for months.

"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 done. He said, 'Oh, you're going to go talk to The Washington Post' which was not a good idea," Rittenhouse said.

"Along with John Pierce, they said I was safer in jail, instead of at home with my family."

Rittenhouse was released from custody on bail on November 20, 2020.

Asked if he believed Wood and Pierce could have raised the bail money faster if they wanted, Rittenhouse said: "I believe it. I believe, sometime in September, September 5 I want to say, they had over a million dollars and bail was set and able to be posted in September.

"So they could have had me sign the waiver for extradition and had me back in Wisconsin, and I could have been bailed out by mid-September, but they wanted to keep me in jail until November 20," he added.

Rittenhouse accused the pair of trying to raise money for his bail "so they can take it for their own benefit, not trying to set me free."

Speaking hours after Rittenhouse's acquittal, his current attorney, Mark Richards, accused Wood and Pierce of "trying to whore this kid out for money, for their own causes."

Wood is now attempting to get the $2 million he helped raise for Rittenhouse back. Richards, however, argues it should go to Rittenhouse.

In a statement to Newsweek, Pierce said he had rejected any entitlement to the funds, calling claims otherwise a "manufactured controversy...designed to discredit me."

Rittenhouse Recounts Jail

In the interview with Carlson, Rittenhouse called jail "scary" and said other inmates did not like him. But he said those inmates were able to hear his side of the story and see that he was not this person that the "media painted him out to be."

Rittenhouse added that he had no idea while in jail how his case was being discussed in the outside world, and only later found out that Pierce had accused him of being a part of a militia group during interviews with the press.

"Once I am bailed out, John Pierce said I was in an unorganized militia, which is just blatantly false," Rittenhouse said.

"I didn't know what a militia was until after the fact until around November 25 after I was watching some of the interviews he did. I was like, I am not in a militia. I don't know what that is.

"No wonder people are saying I'm in a militia. It's because he painted that narrative which he should never have gone there," he added.

Rittenhouse was accused of traveling from his hometown of Antioch, Illinois, to join up with militia groups in Kenosha to protect the city during Black Lives Matter protests following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. During the protests, Rittenhouse shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz.

He was found not guilty of all the charges against him after his lawyers argued in the highly divisive trial that he was acting in self-defense that night in Kenosha.

In March, Rittenhouse's mother Wendy Rittenhouse also made a similar claim that Wood and Pierce purposely kept him behind bars following his arrest over fears for his safety.

Wendy Rittenhouse told the Law & Crime podcast Objections: With Adam Klasfeld that Wood—who frequently pushed false claims that Donald Trump lost the November 2020 election due to widespread voter fraud and has become a influential figure in the QAnon movement—wanted to keep her son in jail to protect him from an upcoming "Armageddon" which would take place on election night.

In a previous statement to Newsweek, Wood said: "The criminal defense lawyers made all decisions regarding Kyle. I am not a criminal defense attorney and did not make those decisions. I did express concerns about Kyle's safety due to social media threats on his life."

Wood and Piece have been connected for further comment.

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Kyle Rittenhouse looks back to the gallery during a break in testimony from Gaige Grosskreutz during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 8, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse has accused his former lawyers of keeping him in jail for longer than necessary in an interview with Tucker Carlson. Getty Images