Tristan Rettke, accused of civil rights intimidation at ETSU, preliminary hearing re-scheduled for Dec. 19

WASHINGTON COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – The former East Tennessee State University student who dressed up in a gorilla mask was in court Wednesday afternoon.

In September, Tristan Rettke dressed in a gorilla mask handed out bananas during a Black Live Matter Event on campus.tristan-john-rettke

Police arrested Rettke and charged him with civil rights intimidation.

His attorney claims Rettke was exercising Freedom of Speech and did not intimidate anyone.

Rettke’s preliminary hearing was re-scheduled for Dec. 19.

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