‘The View’ hasn’t settled a lawsuit with Kyle Rittenhouse
CLAIM: Talk show “The View” settled a lawsuit filed by Kyle Rittenhouse for $22 million and issued a formal apology.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Kyle Rittenhouse has not sued ABC’s “The View,” nor has any lawsuit been settled for $22 million, his spokesperson told The Associated Press. A spokesperson for ABC also confirmed that the claim is false.
THE FACTS: Posts circulating widely on social media in recent days falsely claimed that the ABC talk show had settled a lawsuit filed by Rittenhouse, who was acquitted in November 2021 of homicide charges after shooting three people during a protest in Wisconsin.
“The View settles with Rittenhouse for $22 million and a formal apology,” one Twitter user wrote on Wednesday afternoon. The tweet was shared over 9,000 times.
“Who else is happy that Kyle Rittenhouse won $22 million? #theview #KyleRittenhouse,” another Twitter user wrote on Thursday.
But Rittenhouse has not sued “The View,” nor has a $22 million settlement been reached, David Hancock, a spokesperson for Rittenhouse, told the AP.
“It’s false,” Hancock said of the online claims.
Lauri Hogan, a spokesperson for ABC, also confirmed in an email to the AP that the claims are false.
The claim appears to have originated on USA Taters, a satirical website that states on its “about” page, “Everything on this website is fiction.” It is a subsidiary of America’s Last Line of Defense, a network of websites that publish satirical content that is frequently misinterpreted as real.
The AP has previously reported on similar false online claims about Rittenhouse suing celebrities, including Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar, both hosts of “The View.”
Rittenhouse said during a Fox News interview in February that he is considering suing some media organizations and high-profile figures for comments made in the aftermath of the shooting, and specifically named Goldberg as a possible target.
Rittenhouse fatally shot two men and injured a third during a night of protests against police brutality in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020. He was tried on charges including first-degree reckless homicide. Rittenhouse argued that he fired in self-defense after being attacked, and a jury acquitted him on all charges in November 2021.
This is part of AP’s effort to address widely shared misinformation, including work with outside companies and organizations to add factual context to misleading content that is circulating online. Learn more about fact-checking at AP.