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Kyle Rittenhouse Describes His Time In Jail: ‘A Month Longer I Probably Would’ve Been In A Hospital’
KENOSHA, WISCONSIN - NOVEMBER 16: Kyle Rittenhouse pulls numbers of jurors out of a tumbler during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 16, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The jurors selected through this process will not participate in deliberations. Rittenhouse is accused of shooting three demonstrators, killing two of them, during a night of unrest that erupted in Kenosha after a police officer shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back while being arrested in August 2020. Rittenhouse, from Antioch, Illinois, was 17 at the time of the shooting and armed with an assault rifle. He faces counts of felony homicide and felony attempted homicide. (Photo by Sean Krajacic-Pool/Getty Images)
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Kyle Rittenhouse on Monday evening told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson about his time spent in jail, while he was still a minor and awaiting trial.

The teenager told Carlson his jail cell was like a “one star” motel, with a desk and a shower. But, Rittenhouse said, he had no running water for about a month, starting October 30, 2020.

He did not want to get on the jail guards’ “bad side,” Rittenhouse said, so he kept his mouth shut about the water. He claimed he was unable to shower until the end of November.

When he was finally out and able to access a shower, he said he spent three hours washing up. If he would have spent another month in jail with no running water, the teenager said, he would have likely been hospitalized.

“If I was in there a month longer, I would have been in a hospital,” Rittenhouse said.


Rittenhouse was acquitted Friday by a jury on all charges against him related to a deadly riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year.

Appearing in a teaser clip for a documentary from Carlson, Rittenhouse said after the acquittal that the jury “reached the right verdict.”

“Self-defense is not illegal, and I believe they came to the correct verdict, and I’m glad that everything went well.”

“It’s been a rough journey, but we made it through it,” the 18-year-old said. “We made it through the hard part.”

The special follows the teenager through the last year after he fatally shot two rioters and injured a third while defending himself against attackers during a Black Lives Matter protest that devolved into a riot. The teen was facing life in prison with no chance at parole.

“It’s the stuff that keeps you up at night, like once you do get to sleep, your dreams are about what happened and you’re waking up in a dark cold sweat,” the teenager revealed to Carlson’s crew.

Rittenhouse said he has dreams about the deadly night “every single day.”

“It’s quite scary actually, because the dreams feel so real. And they’re not the same at all, they’re all different. They’re the different scenarios that run through your heard during the day, like, what could have happened,” he detailed.

“I’m alive, but what could have happened, like what if I wasn’t alive, or what if I did let Mr. Rosenbaum steal my gun? It’s those types of dreams … almost every outcome is me getting seriously injured or hurt or dead. Those are the dreams I have on a daily basis.”

It was revealed during the trial by Rittenhouse’s defense attorney Mark Richards that the teenager is in therapy for the PTSD he suffers from, stemming from the night of August 25, 2020.

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