On Friday, 17-year-old Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse was released from prison after posting a $2 million bond, and he had some high profile donors to help him cover the expenses.
Actor Ricky Schroder and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell were among the high profile donors. Ricky Schroder faced a significant backlash online, but went to go meet with Rittenhouse shortly after he was released and posed in a photo with him.
Hours after being released, one of Rittenhouse's attorneys, L. Lin Wood, tweeted a photo of Rittenhouse, Ricky Schroder, and attorney John Pierce, with the caption “FREE AT LAST!!!”
After the backlash that Schroder got for his support of Rittenhouse, he announced that he was leaving Twitter, in a Twitter post.
Schroder reportedly donated $150,000 to get Rittenhouse of jail.
Schroder is also a film director in addition to being an actor. He began his career as a child actor. He debuted in the film The Champ in 1979, going on to become a child star on the sitcom Silver Spoons. He has continued acting as an adult, and appeared in the Western miniseries Lonesome Dove in 1989 and also in the crime-drama series NYPD Blue. However, his adult career has been lackluster ever since.
In 2004, Schroder wrote and directed the feature film Black Cloud, a drama about a Navajo boxer. The same year he directed and starred in the music video for "Whiskey Lullaby."
Earlier this month, a judge set Rittenhouse’s bail at $2 million. Kenosha County court commissioner Loren Keating argued in court that Rittenhouse poses a serious flight risk, considering that he lives in a different state. The judge agreed and also said that since the charges against Rittenhouse are so serious, with the possibility of a life sentence, he would have a “reasonable basis to flee.”
Rittenhouse has been charged with killing 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum and 26-year-old Anthony Huber, as well as injuring 22-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz.
Rittenhouse’s attorney Mark Richards had requested Rittenhouse’s release on $750,000, arguing that his client acted in self-defense.
Richards also asked Keating to dismiss the single misdemeanor charge against Rittenhouse for possessing a firearm as a minor, which Keating said he would address at a later date.
The victim’s family and people who disagree with Rosenbaum’s actions will likely be upset that he got bail at all, especially considering that it didn’t take long for the boy’s supporters to raise the money through donations.
Earlier this month, Rittenhouse shared the story of how he purchased the gun illegally, and used the money that he got from his coronavirus stimulus check to buy the weapon used at the protests.
Rittenhouse was too young to buy the weapon in the state of Wisconsin, so he gave the money to his friend, Dominick Black, who was 18-years-old at the time and old enough to buy a gun. Rittenhouse admitted in an interview with the Washington Post that he used money from his stimulus check to purchase the rifle, and also admitted that he bought it for the specific purpose of taking it to the protests.