Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura may have won a $1.8 million verdict against the estate of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, but Kyle’s widow has plenty of her husband’s fight in her.
Attorneys for Kyle’s estate have asked a judge for a retrial and a reversal of the jury verdict that found Kyle defamed Ventura in his best-selling book, “American Sniper,” according to local Fox affiliate KMSP-TV. The estate is in the hands of Taya Kyle, Kyle’s widow and mother of his two children.
Kyle’s legal team argued that Ventura “didn’t meet the high bar of proof for defamation of a public figure,” and that the judge “failed to steer the jury away from an erroneous decision,” Stars and Stripes reported.
The $1.8 million award was also questioned.
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In his 2012 book, Kyle described a bar fight in which he decked a man, whom Kyle called “Scruff Face” and later identified as Ventura, for allegedly saying the Navy SEALs “deserve to lose a few.”
Ventura denied the incident took place and filed a defamation lawsuit to clear his name.
“I’m overjoyed that my reputation was restored, which is what this whole lawsuit is all about,” he told the Minnesota Star Tribune when the verdict was read.
But many have called Ventura a dirt bag for taking money from Kyle’s widow while she struggles to raise their two young children alone.
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