Jesse Ventura, former governor of Minnesota and an avid 9/11 truther, is inexplicably targeting the widow of ex-Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in a continuation of a defamation lawsuit he originally filed against Kyle.
Lawyers for Ventura have asked a federal court to continue his lawsuit by substituting Kyle’s wife, Taya, as the defendant, as reported by the Star Tribune. Kyle was tragically killed early this year while mentoring a fellow veteran suffering from PTSD.
The couple have two children, who now will be raised without their father.
The original lawsuit stemmed from a book Kyle had written last year, “American Sniper,” which became a best seller. In the book, Kyle described a fight with an individual he later identified as Jesse Ventura.
According to Kyle, a group of SEALs had gathered at a bar to commemorate the recent loss of a comrade who died throwing himself on a grenade. Ventura happened to be in the bar and began bad-mouthing the U.S. military.
During an appearance on the O’Reilly Factor, Kyle described what happened, as reported by the Daily Mail:
“He [Ventura] was bad-mouthing the war, bad-mouthing (former President) Bush, bad-mouthing America,” Mr Kyle told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly.
“He told us that we were killing innocent people over there, men women children, that we were murders,” Mr Kyle said, adding that he told the governor to tone down his rhetoric.
“And then he said that we deserved to lose a few guys.”
That’s when Mr Kyle slugged Mr Ventura in the face, he says.
‘That happened? You knocked him out?’ Mr O’Reilly asks.
‘Well, I knocked him down,’ Mr Kyle responds.
Ventura claims the confrontation never occurred and that he never said the remarks attributed to him, which prompted his lawsuit.
Mrs. Kyle’s lawyer said that the refiling of the suit ‘comes as a disappointment, but no surprise’.
‘Continuing this action will serve no useful purpose, and likely will promote public perception of Jesse Ventura as someone who has little or no regard for the feelings and welfare of surviving family members of deceased war heroes,’ lawyer John Borger told The Star Tribune.
A motivating factor behind Ventura’s decision to move forward with the lawsuit could be that filmmaker Steven Spielberg announced this month that he would direct the movie version of “American Sniper,” which means Kyle’s book is likely to reach an even bigger audience.
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