Tucker Carlson said a film crew followed Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense team for a documentary.
Rittenhouse’s lawyer, Mark Richards, told CNN he didn’t approve.
Rittenhouse was acquitted of all five charges against him in his homicide trial on Friday.
Kyle Rittenhouse’s attorney says he didn’t approve of Tucker Carlson’s Fox News film crew that followed the defense team for a special series.
“I did not approve of that. I threw them out of the room several times,” Mark Richards told CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
He added: “I don’t think a film crew is appropriate for something like this but the people who were raising the money to pay for the experts and to pay for the attorneys were trying to raise money and that was part of it so I think, I don’t want to say an evil but a definite distraction was part of it. I didn’t approve of it but I’m not always the boss.”
Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all five charges brought against him on Friday. Following the acquittal, Carlson aired a segment with parts of an exclusive interview with Rittenhouse and said his team had been working on a documentary throughout the trial.
Richards told Cuomo that Rittenhouse’s family and their adviser were the ones making the call on who had access to the process.
Cuomo asked Richards if he was concerned that his “client was becoming an agent of animus.”
“Fox News is one thing. I used to work there. Tucker Carlson is a different animal. You know what he means in the political world. Were you worried that Rittenhouse was going to become kind of a stooge of that fringe of our political spectrum?” Cuomo asked.
“I had a talk with Kyle. All I can say is what I say and Kyle is going to have some hard choices in his life about the direction he goes and what he stands for. Those will have to be made by Kyle, eventually,” Richards said.
He added that Rittenhouse would have to learn to “take responsibility and to tell people no.”
Cuomo followed up asking: “But, did you have worries about it at the time because of who it was and what that would mean when word got out?”
“Well, I had more worried about some of the other things that happened much earlier in this case. The Lin Woods, the John Pierces who were basically trying to I think whore this kid for money, for their own causes,” Richards said. “They kept him in Illinois to fight an extradition that was unwinnable cause they were raising tons of money on him.”
Richards then called Woods an “idiot” for letting Rittenhouse talk to The Washington Post while he was charged with homicide.
Woods and Pierce left Rittenhouse’s team before his homicide trial. The Chicago Tribune reported that the two lawyers, who have been vocal about their support for former President Donald Trump, used the far-right’s embrace of Rittenhouse’s to fundraise the money needed to post his bail.
“I am so proud of Kyle and thankful that justice was served. The ability to defend ourselves is one of the most basic rights and today that that right was affirmed and upheld,” Pierce said in a statement to Insider’s Taiyler Simone Mitchell, adding that he’s also proud of the work he did with Rittenhouse.
Fox News did not respond to Insider’s request for comment at the time of publication. Insider was also unable to reach Wood for comment.
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