Jesse Ventura to proceed in defamation suit against slain American Sniper author Chris Kyle

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Ventura will move forward against Kyle's estate.
Jesse Ventura has decided to proceed in his defamation case against Christopher Kyle, the Iraq war vet and best-selling author who was gunned down at a shooting range earlier this year, says Ventura's attorney, David Olsen.

Ventura filed the suit in February 2012, alleging Kyle fabricated a story about punching him out for his book, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. According to Kyle's account, Ventura was being loud and rude at a California bar in 2006, at one point telling Kyle, "You deserve to lose a few." Kyle was at the time mourning the death of a teammate, and clocked Ventura in the face, according to his book.

Kyle doesn't mention Ventura by name, but has acknowledged that "Scruff face" is indeed a reference to Minnesota's former governor. Several Navy SEALs have filed affidavits corroborating that Ventura was at the bar acting disrespectful, and at least one claims to have seen the entire incident play out. Ventura denies the whole story, and says he was not at the bar that night.

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The case was scheduled for trial this August. On Feb. 2, former marine Eddie Ray Routh shot and killed Kyle and Chad Littlefield at a firing range in Texas. Kyle had reportedly brought Routh to the range as an outlet for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a form of therapy he believed helped soldiers acclimate into life after active duty.

After Kyle's death, there was a question as to what would become of the suit. In late February, Ventura noted in a court filing his intent to proceed against Kyle's estate. The formal paperwork to move the case forward hasn't been filed yet, but Olsen says they are only waiting for someone to be appointed to oversee Kyle's estate.

"From the beginning, his intent has been to clear his name," says Olsen. "He's always said that the story written about him was not true. It was a fabrication. And he wants to prove that."

Kyle's attorney, John Borger, declined to comment on the case.

Here's Ventura talking about the allegations in an interview with Alex Jones last January:

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Jesse is rather silly and Chris is no hero. At least not mine.


Jesse Ventura is a liar, cheat, and briber. He defrauded the people of Minnesota to become Governor by lying about being a Navy SEAL He was not a SEAL, never in Vietnam, never in combat. He does not have the Combat Action Ribbon. He was a storekeeper on a ship that passed the Vietnam coastline so he was entitled to the Vietnam Service Medal. No big deal there.

Ventura bribed a guy during the primary election in the summer of 1998 and when complaints were filed against him he bribed officials to fix the investigation. This is all documented in my expose' book, ALWAYS CHEAT The Philosophy of Jesse Ventura. The release of my book in the spring of 2002 cancelled Ventura's plans to run for a second term as Minnesota Governor. Contact me for a complimentary book or get one from
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P.S. Why does Alex Jones keep lying about Ventura being a SEAL?

swmnguy topcommenter

I don't buy either side of this story.  Neither the pristine behavior of Jesse Ventura nor the deification of Chris Kyle.

Jennifer McDonough
Jennifer McDonough

I think a person so anti-American government should take himself to a country with a government more inline with his expectations full time!. Dual citizenship, Living 6 months in Mexico and 6 mos in US allows him different tax privledges but at the same time he can come to the US and make alot of money promoting his conspiracy theories. I think he's an opportunist & I think it's funny that the Mexican government one of the most corrupt governments in the world is where he chooses to go.

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

Just because this guy is an American hero doesn't give him the right to make up stories about people and misrepresent them in a book. From all the evidence I have seen, I don't think Jesse was there at the bar at the time the author said he was. Jesse wants to clear his name from false allegations made against him, that is all. If that makes someone a douche than I guess my definition of that word differs from yours.

Brad Bergerson
Brad Bergerson

The guy is an American hero, leave him be. Douche.

Nick GarSuperstar
Nick GarSuperstar

The things Chris Kyle accused Ventura of saying are probably the worst things you can say about anybody, especially a former governor and American soldier. Given the evidence that I have seen, it is highly probable that Kyle made the whole thing up considering he called Ventura "Scruff Face" which is how book companies get away with telling B.S and avoid getting sued because "Scruff Face " can be anybody. But since Kyle makes a better Seal than a lawyer, he was too dumb to know this and stated in public after the book was finalized that Ventura was Scruff Face. All Ventura wants to do is get a retraction in the book and have his lawyer fees paid. He's not out to get rich or hurt anyone. I don't think he even wants an apology. Whoever is handling Chris Kyle's affairs has an easy choice to make if you ask me.

Jill Whiteford Mahurin
Jill Whiteford Mahurin

Give it a rest, Ventura. Leave this REAL American hero' memory and family alone.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

See, this April Fool's story would have been funnier if you'd had Ventura doing something SENSIBLE.

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