Kyle Rittenhouse's lawyer plans to target Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg in a slew of 'at least 10' defamation suits

According to a lawyer for Kyle Rittenhouse, his team is preparing to bring “at least 10” defamation cases on Rittenhouse’s behalf against huge corporations and prominent people. Todd McMurtry, Rittenhouse’s new attorney, told Fox News Digital that he had been “hired to head the effort to determine whom to sue when to sue, where to sue.”
Per the outlet, McMurtry added that he was “assured that there are probably 10 to 15 solid” cases that could be filed against “large defendants.” According to Fox News Digital, McMurtry singled out Facebook and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, accusing the social media network of defaming Rittenhouse. Because of his “outsized voice,” the lawyer noted, Zuckerberg would be “near the top” of the list of parties Rittenhouse would sue.
“They said that he was involved in a mass murder incident,” McMurtry said, per the outlet, referring to Facebook and Zuckerberg. “This was not a mass murder incident. It was clearly factually false.” He told Fox News Digital that his staff would investigate all of the comments made about Rittenhouse to see which were “legally actionable.” “To call somebody a mass murderer is seriously defamatory. And then to use the power of social media to basically … censor any views that would take opposition to that mass murderer statement is a serious effort to destroy his character,” the lawyer added, per the outlet. McMurtry is known for representing Nicholas Sandmann in lawsuits against major media outlets like The Washington Post and CNN. ‘Not to mention what they call perpetual reputational harm, which means that Kyle is never going to have an interaction with anybody where they don’t know who he is. And this is going to follow him around for the rest of his life,’ the lawyer added.
‘Everybody’s going to prejudge him in every new interaction that he has with everybody for the rest of his life, and that’s called perpetual reputational harm. … The social media hysteria caused all this because people can’t act reasonably and rationally in certain circumstances.’ After a video of Sandmann sneering at activists during a tense standoff outside the Lincoln Memorial went viral, he was branded “the Covington Catholic boy.” He later filed a defamation suit against the media, alleging that they had depicted him as a white nationalist. Sandmann has urged Rittenhouse to follow suit, noting the success of his legal battles with media companies.
Rittenhouse was acquitted of five charges in November 2021, including first-degree homicide, after fatally shooting two men and injuring a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020. Rittenhouse and his mother, Wendy Rittenhouse, have accused a number of people of “defaming” him, ranging from President Joe Biden to media outlets and celebrities. On Wednesday, Rittenhouse revealed that Johnny Depp’s legal triumph over Amber Heard inspired him to file his own defamation claims.
“Johnny Depp trial is just fueling me, you can fight back against the lies in the media, and you should!” he tweeted. Rittenhouse intimated in February that he would file a lawsuit against media companies. He told Tucker Carlson of Fox News that he was starting The Media Accountability Project, which would generate funds to suit politicians, celebrities, and athletes.


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