Last week, Rick Schroder helped post bail for Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old accused of killing two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August. Now the actor explains why.
“It was Kyle’s life destroyed,” Schroder told the New York Post on Wednesday. “It’s his freedom in danger. It exasperated me to see an innocent 17-year-old being tried and convicted before trial.
The “Silver Spoons” and “NYPD Blue” star paid “hundreds of thousands” of dollars for Rittenhouse’s $ 2 million bail and defense because he was upset the teen was on trial in the media .
“It drove me crazy,” the former child actor told The Post. “This boy is innocent and he will be proven innocent. I did what any father should have done, was get a child out of jail who doesn’t deserve to be there.
KYLE RITTENHOUSE IS OUT OF PRISON.
God bless ALL who donated to help #To defend oneself $ 2M increase in cash bond required.
Special thanks to actor Ricky Schroder @ rickyshroder1 and Mike Lindell @realMikeLindell to put us above.
Kyle is SURE.
Thanks to ALL who helped this boy.
– Lin Wood (@LLinWood) November 20, 2020
Schroder has two sons and two daughters with Andrea Bernard, who filed for divorce in 2016.
He said he faced a similar situation when he was arrested twice last year on suspicion of domestic violence. No charges were filed after his girlfriend did not cooperate, telling prosecutors the first arrest was “a big misunderstanding” and accusing the second incident of surprising Schroder while he was asleep.
“It sucked because everyone thought I was a thresher, and I’m not a thresher,” Schroder told The Post. “I was tried and convicted by the media court. But you have to understand, it was only my reputation that was destroyed. “
The actor has been a proponent of gun ownership and a National Rifle Assn for 30 years. member, according to the Post. TMZ reported on Tuesday that Schroder contacted police after seeing threatening social media posts in reaction to his support for Rittenhouse.
Rittenhouse has been charged with six counts, including intentional first degree homicide, related to the deaths of two men during protests after the shooting of Jacob Blake by police on August 23. During several nights of protests, a number of businesses and vehicles in Kenosha were set on fire.
“People are getting hurt and our job is to protect this business,” Rittenhouse said in a video before the shoot.
“Part of my job is also to protect people,” Rittenhouse said. “If someone is injured, I am in danger. That’s why I have my gun; I have to protect myself obviously. But I also have my medical kit.
Last Friday, Rittenhouse attorney Lin Wood announced his client’s release on $ 2 million bail – and the involvement of Schroder and MyPillow founder Mike Lindell – in a tweet. Almost $ 600,000 was also raised in defense of Rittenhouse through a Christian fundraising site, GiveSendGo. In a letter posted there, Wood called Rittenhouse a “political prisoner.” Arizona State University Republicans have also pledged to donate in his defense.
The $ 2 million bond had to be paid in cash after Rittenhouse was extradited to Wisconsin last month from his home state of Illinois. While Illinois allows bail bonds, Wisconsin does not.
The teen openly carried an AR-15 rifle, which he said he obtained from a friend in Wisconsin. Open porting is only legal in Wisconsin if the gun owner is 18 or older.
Rittenhouse’s legal team are arguing in self-defense, claiming the teenager was pursued by members of a mob who threatened him with death and attempted to disarm him. The New York Times followed Rittenhouse’s movements via video footage from the night in question.
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.