Sunday, December 20, 2020

Rittenhouse family selling branded merchandise to raise cash for defense

Shown are examples of some of the merchandise available at the website. Proceeds are being used to fund the defense costs for Kyle Rittenhouse, who is charged with killing two men and seriously injuring a third during the Kenosha August riots.

Kyle Rittenhouse’s family is selling “Free Kyle” branded merchandise online.

On the website — which according to the site is owned and operated by the Rittenhouse family — those interested can purchase a Free Kyle trucker hat for $24.99, a Free Kyle “women’s relaxed T-shirt” for $20.99 or Free Kyle logo stickers for $6. There are also sweatshirts, laptop sleeves, mugs and iPhone covers. The merchandise is being sold as part of fundraising efforts for the teenager’s defense.

In a statement on the site, Rittenhouse’s mother Wendy Rittenhouse thanks supporters and states “I alone control this website and Kyle’s defense fund” and states that the proceeds of the site, including donations, will go toward defending Rittenhouse at trial.

“We estimate Kyle’s defense costs for trial to be approximately $2 to $2.5 million and after turning over the $2 million dollar cash bail we are essentially starting at zero,” she states. The site states that the effort raised about $17,000 of the $2 million goal.

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