KYLE Rittenhouse broke his silence, saying "self-defense is not illegal," for the first time after he was found not guilty on all counts for fatally shooting two people in Kenosha.
A jury found Rittenson, 18, not guilty on all charges for firing his weapon during protests in Wisconsin over the summer, killing two men and injuring another.
"I am glad they reached the correct verdict," the teen told Fox News.
"It's been a tough journey but we made it through. We made it through the hard part."
Rittenhouse will sit down with Fox's Tucker Carlson for his first interview on Monday.
A portion of the interview will air Monday, with the remainder available on Tucker Carlson Originals.
In a preview of the interview, Rittenhouse said he has dreams every night about the night of the fatal shooting, thinking about how he could have died himself.
On Friday, Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges after pleading self-defense in the deadly Kenosha shootings.
The teen began to choke up, fell to the floor, and then hugged one of his attorneys upon hearing the verdict.
Rittenhouse quickly rushed out of the courthouse and was whisked away in a black Chevrolet Equinox.
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The Sun snapped Rittenhouse's face beaming as he sat in the back seat of the vehicle as he left court a free man.
He had been charged with homicide, attempted homicide, and reckless endangering after killing two men and wounding a third with an AR-style semi-automatic rifle during a tumultuous night of protests over police violence against black people in the summer of 2020.
The former police youth cadet is white, as were those he shot.
The jury, which appeared to be overwhelmingly white, deliberated for close to three-and-a-half days.
Rittenhouse could have gotten life in prison if found guilty on the most serious charge, first-degree intentional homicide.
OFFICIALS CALL FOR CALM
As the verdict drew near, Gov. Tony Evers pleaded for calm and said 500 National Guard members would be ready for duty in Kenosha if needed.
Rittenhouse was 17 when he went from his home in Antioch, Illinois, to Kenosha after businesses in the city were ransacked and burned over the shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake, by a white police officer.
Carrying a weapon that authorities said was illegally purchased for the underage Rittenhouse, he joined other armed citizens in what he said was an effort to protect property and provide medical aid.
Bystander and drone video captured most of the frenzied chain of events that followed: Rittenhouse killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, then shot to death protester Anthony Huber, 26, and wounded demonstrator Gaige Grosskreutz, now 28.
Prosecutors portrayed Rittenhouse as a “wannabe soldier” who had gone looking for trouble that night and was responsible for creating a dangerous situation in the first place by pointing his rifle at demonstrators.
RITTENHOUSE HOPING FOR 'NORMAL LIFE'
A spokesperson for the family said that Rittenhouse is hoping to live "a normal life moving forward," after being involved in such a polarizing trial.
"He can be an 18-year-old young man," Spokesperson David Hancock told Fox6.
"He is studying pre-requisites at Arizona State University for nursing and he is going to continue that.
"We’re going to do everything we can to make sure he can live a normal life moving forward."
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