Jesse Ventura Wins Case Against Sniper Chris Kyle

Gets $1.8 million.


A jury awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million on Tuesday in his lawsuit against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle.

On the sixth day of deliberations, the federal jury decided that the 2012 best-selling book defamed Ventura in its description of a bar fight in California in 2006. Kyle wrote that he decked a man whom he later identified as Ventura after the man allegedly said the Navy SEALs "deserve to lose a few."

Ventura testified that Kyle fabricated the passage about punching him. Kyle said in testimony videotaped before his death last year that his story was accurate.

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  1. It takes a really classy guy to sue the widow of a SEAL.

    Fuck you, Jesse Ventura, aka buddy-fucker.

    1. Talk shit about a bar fight (always a klassy move) get hit with a klassy lawsuit. Death does not deflect douchebaggery.

      1. I’m sure this will teach Chris Kyle not to “talk shit” about a washed-up has-been.

  2. It’s really hard for a public figure to win such a suit, you need to prove malice, not just that Chris Kyle was wrong, but that he knew he was wrong, basically. I’ve not followed it, I don’t have an opinion on it’s merits, but remember, this is the USA, truth is an absolute defense, and with a public figure, you have to go even farther to win.

    1. Not just that he was wrong, and that he knew he was wrong, but that he was trying to do harm to the public persona.

      With malice aforethought was the way a lawyer explained it to me.

      Screw Ventura. If he was honest about this suit just being about clearing his name why did he sue for money ?

      He could have just sued for an apology.

      1. An apology? That might be a little difficult. You might want to google Chris Kyle.

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