KENOSHA, Wis. – The girlfriend of the other man who was killed by Kyle Rittenhouse admitted on Thursday that she has “a lot of sympathy” for the teenager, who she believes was swept up in the attempt to be “king of the world” during last year’s riots.
But Hannah Gittings, 25, said she does not buy that Rittenhouse, now 18, was solely out to protect businesses the night he fatally shot her boyfriend, Anthony Huber, 26, as riots broke out against police brutality this summer 2020.
“If these people had just done what they said they would do, stand outside the property and make sure no one destroyed those buildings and shops, then that’s cool, but you did not,” Gittings told The Post.
“This kid was walking around like a hot s-t looking for a reason to say, ‘Oh, I have to do something about this,'” she said.
Gittings said she believes Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time of the shootings, was captured by the herd of vigilantes patrolling the city.
“I have a lot of sympathy for this kid because he’s just a kid to me, so it was like a really stupid boy who unfortunately became the galleon figure for this,” she said.
Gittings said the night of the fatal meeting that she had gone to the protests with Huber, who was a friend of Jacob Blake, the man whose police shooting provoked the riots.
She said Huber had gone to film and document the civil unrest as he tried to stop Rittenhouse, who was running an AR-15-like rifle through the streets after fatally shooting his first victim of the night, Joseph Rosenbaum.
After hitting Rittenhouse with his skateboard, he was shot and killed by the teenager.
His girlfriend said the events of the fatal night showed the “character difference” between the teenager and him.
“One of them goes out and takes advantage of a vulnerable situation so he can live out his fantasy of being the king of the world, and one of them out there does absolutely nothing, no f-king wrong and is presented with yes, an active shooting situation and jumping into action without thinking about his own safety, ”Gittings said.
Rittenhouse risks a mandatory sentence of life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder.
Prosecutors have claimed he instigated the violence that night, while his defense attorneys have claimed he acted in self-defense.
Gittings said she has been bothered by defense attorneys who characterize Huber as a “troublemaker” and “loot” in their closing arguments – especially after they successfully asked the judge not to allow the case to be referred to as a “victim” . “
“There’s no evidence of that anywhere and I was with him all night. We did not do anything like that,” Gittings said.
She said it has been “difficult” to see Rittenhouse on trial over the past two weeks.
“The outcome of this lawsuit, it could go literally anywhere in the world, good or bad for us, and it still would not change any of this for us,” she said.