Amanda Knox: 'Radically Irresponsible' That Kyle Rittenhouse Was Even Charged
Knox was wrongful convicted and imprisoned for the murder of her roommate
Amanda Knox has spoken out in defense of acquitted teenager Kyle Rittenhouse, remarking that it was "radically irresponsible" that he was even charged in the first place.
Speaking during a new interview on Tuesday, Knox fiercely defended Rittenhouse, who was found not guilty last month on all charges.
Last month, Rittenhouse faced trial over phony "murder" charges related to a fatal self-defense shooting that took place in August 2020.
She has herself famously been in a similar situation.
While studying in Italy, Knox, an American, was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for the murder of her roommate.
“The Kyle Rittenhouse trial, I think I have a sort of an unpopular opinion from – I run in liberal circles and I do a lot of social justice, but I do think people really wanted Kyle Rittenhouse to be a villain,” Knox told host Megyn Kelly.
“A lot of people weren’t willing to take the evidence of the case seriously. Instead [they] were trying to convict him based upon their interpretation of his character,” she continued.
Knox asserted that it was “radically, radically irresponsible of the prosecutor to charge him with murder in the first place.”
“This was not a murder case,” Knox said, adding that Rittenhouse had a right to defend himself.
“If you don’t like the self-defense law you can go to your legislature and say you don’t believe in self-defense,” she said.
Knox also called out the “character assassination” of the teen and noted that much of the information, false or true, was “irrelevant” to his innocence.
“There was so much focus on irrelevant information and character assassination instead of the specific actions that led up to this tragic moment,” she told Kelly.
“Which isn’t to say that Kyle Rittenhouse should be celebrated as a hero either because that’s again playing him as a political football.”
“He’s a kid who made a mistake but he doesn’t deserve to spend the rest of his in prison for it,” she added.
Kelly noted some of the smears against Rittenhouse, specifically the false claims that he is a “white supremacist.”
“Talk about poisoning the jury pool,” Kelly said. “It was a lie.”
At some point, Kelly said, you need to “show me the evidence, and if they cannot, we as a responsible society have to move on.”
“Absolutely,” Knox agreed.
“And also I would say that like, whether or not he [Rittenhouse] knows that he was doing an okay sign or a white supremacist sign is ultimately irrelevant.
"In the same way that like if I were a professional dominatrix at the time that Meredith was murdered, it also would not have made a difference.
"It’s irrelevant to the question of whether or not he’s guilty of murder.”
Weeks ago, Rittenhouse was acquitted by a jury on all charges against him related to a deadly riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Appearing in a teaser clip for a documentary from Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Rittenhouse said the jury “reached the right verdict.”
“Self-defense is not illegal, and I believe they came to the correct verdict, and I’m glad that everything went well,” the now-18-year-old said.
"It’s been a rough journey, but we made it through it."
“We made it through the hard part.”