“I did not approve of that,” Richards told CNN’s Chris Cuomo after Rittenhouse’s acquittal of all charges relating to the shooting deaths of two men and wounding of another during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year.
“I threw them out of the room several times,” Richards recalled. “I’m not suggesting that Fox or some other network … I don’t think a film crew is appropriate for something like this.”
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“The people who were raising the money to pay for the experts and to pay for the attorneys were trying to raise money and that was part of it,” Richards explained. “So, I think … I don’t want to say an evil, but a definite distraction was part of it. And I didn’t approve of it, but I’m not always the boss.”
Rittenhouse’s defense was crowdfunded through donations, Richards told Cuomo. His family and an adviser decided who had access to the process.
Cuomo asked Richards if he was worried Rittenhouse “was becoming an agent of animus.”
“I mean, Fox News is one thing. I used to work there,” Cuomo acknowledged. “Tucker Carlson is a different animal. You know what he means in the political dialogue. Were you worried that Rittenhouse was going to become a stooge of that fringe of our political spectrum?”
“I had a talk with Kyle. All I can say is what I say,” responded Richards. “And Kyle’s going to have some hard choices in his life about the direction he goes and what he stands for. Those will have to be made by Kyle eventually.”