Former child star Ricky Schroder has called the police after receiving threatening messages on social media from people angry for his contributing to the $2 million dollar bail fund of Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse.
The ‘Silver Spoons’ and ‘NYPD Blue’ actor on Sunday tweeted a photo of himself carrying a rifle.
The social media post included the caption: ‘To my Democrat Friends. This is the country want to live in? #f***antifa’.
The deluge of angry messages on social media prompted Schroder to call the authorities, according to TMZ.
Actor Ricky Schroder on Sunday posted a screenshot of apparent death threats from an Instagram user, along with a photo of himself holding a rifle
The former child star posted a photo of himself holding a rifle after receiving a threat that told readers that Schroder lives in Malibu and that they should ‘scope out Ricky and report back’
The Instagram threats against Schroder from user colinj0reilly, whose account was private as of Monday, included the hashtags ‘#MAKEANEXAMPLEOFRICKY,’ ‘#REVENGE,’ and ‘#MANHUNT’
The news site reported that none of the comments that were left for Schroder rose to the level of a criminal threat of violence.
So police officers in Malibu instead wrote up a suspicious circumstances report and asked Schroder to contact them again if the threats escalate. Authorities, meanwhile, will continue to monitor the situation.
Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Ill., is accused of fatally shooting Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz during an August 25 protest in Kenosha, Wis. that followed the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Rittenhouse told police he was attacked while he was guarding a business and that he fired in self-defense.
He was freed Friday after being held in jail on $2 million bail.
Rittenhouse’s family left its home in Antioch for an undisclosed location, because of death threats and harassment, another of the boy’s attorneys, John Pierce, told The Washington Post.
Rittenhouse left jail in Wisconsin on Friday with a private security detail.
L. Lin Wood, a lawyer who represents Rittenhouse, started a bail fund for the boy and said on Steve Bannon’s YouTube show Saturday that it had attracted thousands of contributions.
Wood said contributions from Schroder and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell put the fund ‘over the top.’
Lindell had not publicly reported any threats as of Monday.
The threats against Schroder, 50, apparently from a single Instagram account, came the same day he posted a picture of himself posing with Rittenhouse, 17, and his mother.
‘Morning from Kyle & his Mom Wendy,’ Schroder wrote in the tweet.
‘In America we are ALL innocent until a jury of peers decides guilt or innocence, not the Mob or Press. When the facts are known, many of you will owe this young man an Apology.’
Ricky Schroder (left) posted a photo with a smiling Kyle Rittenhouse (center) and his mother, Wendy Rittenhouse (right), on Sunday, two days after the actor’s contribution to the accused killer’s bail fund helped free the boy
In this August 25 photo, Rittenhouse carries a weapon as he walks along Sheridan Road in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during a night of unrest
Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, who is charged with killing two people during a protest in Wisconsin, posted $2 million bail Friday and was released from custody
On Friday, Schroder had posted another photo of himself posing with Rittenhouse along with Pierce.
That photo brought heat upon Black Rifle Coffee Company after users speculated the boy received sponsorship money for wearing a t-shirt with the company’s logo.
The Utah-based company denied any ties to Rittenhouse.
His case has taken on political overtones.
Supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement have painted Rittenhouse as a trigger-happy white supremacist who carried a gun that was acquired illegally.
Rittenhouse, center, smiles alongside attorney John Pierce (left) and actor Ricky Schroeder (right)
Conservatives upset over property destruction during recent protests have portrayed him as a patriot exercising his right to bear arms during unrest.
In a series of comments as captured in Schroder’s screenshot Sunday, the Instagram user calls him a terrorist and exhorts readers to ‘scope out Ricky and report back.’ He adds the hashtags ‘#MAKEANEXAMPLEOFRICKY,’ ‘#REVENGE,’ and ‘#MANHUNT.’
The user, colinj0reilly, whose account is private as of Monday, said the actor lives in Malibu.
A spokesperson at the Malibu/Lost Hills station of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department told DailyMail.com he was not aware of a report of a threat against the actor.
Schroder, shown in a 2016 photo, was arrested last year in his Topanga, Calif., home twice on suspicion of domestic violence
Schroder was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence twice within 30 days last year in his Topanga, Calif., home. Prosecutors declined to pursue either allegation.
Based on his IMDB page, the actor has nothing in the works and hasn’t been featured in a project since the 2016 TV movie ‘Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.’