Accused shooter Kyle Rittenhouse received help posting a $2 million bond from at least two famous faces.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and actor Ricky Schroder donated tens of thousands of dollars to a fund totaling $2 million in order to secure the 17-year-old Rittenhouse’s release from jail, according to the New York Post.
Schroder, a star of the hit police drama NYPD Blue, reportedly pitched in $150,000 to go along with Lindell’s $50,000.
Rittenhouse, who has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide stemming from an altercation during a riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in late August, was released Friday at 2 p.m. and is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 3.
“FREE AT LAST!!!” Rittenhouse’s attorney Lin Wood posted on Twitter Friday, along with a photo of the teenager, Schroder, and his colleague on the case, attorney John Pierce.
News of the release sparked severe backlash online, including from actress Bette Midler, who called for a MyPillow boycott.
“Thanks to everyone who let a murdering child out to do it again?” Midler tweeted. “This boy killed 2 & gravely injured another. Why are you celebrating him? Anyone who owns #MyPillow should toss it immediately into the nearest landfill. And #RickySchroder? Who knew he could be so malevolent?”
John Hubert, whose son was killed by Rittenhouse, voiced his displeasure as well.
“He has people out there who will help him, organizations, militia groups raising money for his defense right now,” Huber said. “He thinks he’s above the law. He’s been treated as such by law enforcement. He believes he’s justified in the case, and for him to run wouldn’t surprise me.”
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