Kyle Rittenhouse, the 19-year-old acquitted after shooting and killing two protesters at the Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, after the police shooting of Jacob Blake, said he's launching an initiative to hold media personalities responsible for labeling him as a "murderer."
"Me and my team have decided to launch The Media Accountability Project as a tool to help fundraise and hold the media accountable for the lies they said and deal with them in court," Rittenhouse said on Monday on Tucker Carlson Tonight, according to Fox News.
"I don't want to see anybody else have to deal with what I went through," he told Carlson.
Rittenhouse said his list includes "quite a few politicians, celebrities, athletes," including Whoopi Goldberg.
He accused The View co-host of calling him a "murderer" even though he was acquitted of all charges in November.
"And there's others, don't forget about Cenk [Uygur] from The Young Turks. He called me a murderer before the verdict and continues to call me a murderer," he added, according to the New York Post.
Rittenhouse said he also intends to take action against those who labeled him a white supremacist.
"We are going to hold everybody who's lied about me accountable, such as everybody who's lied, called me a white supremacist," he said. "They're all going to be held accountable, and we're going to handle them in a courtroom," he continued, The Source reports.
Adrienne Lawrence, an attorney and host on The Young Turks, tweeted after Rittenhouse's interview, asking: "Did someone call Rittenhouse a 'convicted murderer?'"
"Because, to my knowledge, you can be a murderer factually, even if you're legally acquitted. An acquittal doesn't really change that one murdered another," she continued in her tweet.
Did someone call Rittenhouse a “convicted murderer”?
Because, to my knowledge, you can be a murderer factually, even if you’re legally acquitted. An acquittal doesn’t really change that one murdered another. https://t.co/GbqCZTpRqn
— Adrienne Lawrence, Esq. (@AdrienneLaw) February 22, 2022
After Rittenhouse's acquittal in November, Goldberg said she still considers the shooting a "murder."
"Even all the excuses in the world does not change the fact that three people got shot," Goldberg said on The View after Rittenhouse's acquittal, according to The Source. "Two people were murdered. To me, it's murder. I'm sorry."
The teen was accused of killing two protesters and injuring another on Aug. 25, 2020, according to the New York Post.