Just before Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges for shooting three men in self defense, killing two, Gaige Grosskreutz sued a myriad of people and organizations. He filed the suit in the United States Eastern District of Wisconsin federal court on October 14, 2021. Notably missing from the list of defendants was Rittenhouse himself. During the trial Grosskreutz admitted that Rittenhouse only shot him after Grosskreutz pointed his own gun at Rittenhouse. The video was shared tens of thousands of times on social media and most agreed that this admission defeated any possible lawsuits from the career criminal. Instead, his activist far-left attorney, Kimberly Motley, added Rittenhouse to the lawsuit on February 14, 2023.
Yesterday, on April 13, 2023, Rittenhouse counter-sued Grosskreutz. In his countersuit, Rittenhouse claims that Grosskreutz assaulted him, writing:
“Counter-Defendant Grosskreutz committed unlawful conduct by carrying a concealed weapon without a valid license; running up on Counter-Plaintiff Rittenhouse with his weapon drawn as Rittenhouse lay on the ground; feigning surrender; pointing a loaded pistol at Rittenhouse’s head; and moving in for the kill. By running up on Counter-Plaintiff Mr. Rittenhouse with his weapon drawn as Rittenhouse lay on the ground; feigning surrender; pointing a loaded pistol at Mr. Rittenhouse’s head; and moving in to for the kill; Counter-Defendant Grosskreutz placed Mr. Rittenhouse in a reasonable apprehension of imminent and harmful contact. Counter-Defendant Grosskreutz intended to place Mr. Rittenhouse in apprehension of imminent and harmful contact by attempting to execute him.The misconduct described in this Count was intentional and undertaken with malice, willfulness, and reckless indifference to the rights of Mr. Rittenhouse.As a result of these actions, Counter-Plaintiff Rittenhouse suffered severe injuries, including emotional distress.”
Rittenhouse is also suing for Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress writing:
“Counter-Defendant Grosskreutz engaged in extreme and outrageous conduct. Counter-Defendant Grosskreutz’s actions set forth above were undertaken with intent or knowledge that there was a high probability that the conduct would inflict severe emotional distress and physical injury, and with reckless disregard of that probability. Counter-Defendant Grosskreutz’s actions set forth above were undertaken with malice, willfulness, and reckless indifference to the rights of Mr. Rittenhouse. Counter-Defendant Grosskreutz’s conduct intentionally or recklessly caused severe emotional distress to Mr. Rittenhouse.”
Lastly, Rittenhouse is suing Grosskreutz for Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress, writing:
“Counter-Plaintiff Rittenhouse was impacted by the incidents related to Counter-Defendant Grosskreutz’ negligence. Counter-Plaintiff Rittenhouse suffered serious emotional distress of the type that a reasonable person would expect to occur based upon Counter-Defendant Grosskreutz’s conduct. As a direct and proximate result of the conduct referenced above, Counter-Plaintiff Rittenhouse suffered injuries, including severe emotional distress.”
Rittenhouse is seeking Compensatory and consequential damages, including damages for emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and other pain and suffering on all claims allowed by law in an amount to be determined at trial, punitive damages on all claims allowed by law and in an amount to be determined at trial, Attorney’s fees and costs associated with this action on all claims allowed by law, pre-judgment and post-judgment interest at the lawful rate; and any other appropriate relief at law and equity that this Court deems just and proper.
Rittenhouse is being represented in this case by Attorneys Mark Richards and Natalie Wisco.