Noted 9/11 truther Jesse Ventura has figured out a way to continue his defamation lawsuit against deceased U.S. sniper Chris Kyle: Sue Taya Kyle, the slain former SEALâ��s widow.
â��Lawyers for Ventura have asked a federal court to continue his lawsuit against Chris Kyleâ�¦by substituting Kyleâ��s wife, Taya, as the defendant,â�� the Minnesota Star Tribune reports.
Kyle was killed in February when he was shot to death by a former U.S. Marine suffering from PTSD.
Ventura, most famously known for dying 45 minutes into â��Predator,â�� claimed last year Kyle's book, â��American Sniper,â�� wrongly accused him of starting a California bar fight.
â��Although Kyle is deceased, his â��American Sniperâ�� book continues to sell and it is soon to be made into a movie,â�� said Venturaâ��s motion.
The former wrestlerâ��s lawyer added: Because Kyleâ��s accusation survives his death, â��it would be unjust to permit the estate to continue to profit from Kyleâ��s wrongful conduct and to leave Governor Ventura without redress for ongoing damage to his reputation.â��
Venturaâ��s lawsuit stems from a claim Kyle made while promoting his book.
The former SEAL said Ventura bad-mouthed and degraded the U.S. military in front of a group of SEALs. Kyleâ��s accusation, if true, is all the more egregious considering the fact that the SEALs had converged on that particular spot to commemorate the loss of a comrade who died throwing himself on a grenade.
â��He was bad-mouthing the war, bad-mouthing (former President) Bush, bad-mouthing America,â�� Kyle told Fox News' Bill O'Reilly.
â��He told us that we were killing innocent people over there, men women children, that we were murders,â�� Kyle continued, adding that he asked the B-list actor to tone down the truther rhetoric just a tad.
â��And then he said that we deserved to lose a few guys,â�� O'Reilly said.
Kyle said he responded by laying out Ventura.
â��That happened? You knocked him out?â�� O'Reilly asked.
â��Well, I knocked him down.â��
Tayaâ��s attorney on Wednesday responded to the motion, filing an official response and saying that Venturaâ��s move comes as â��a disappointment, but no surprise.â��
â��Continuing this action will serve no useful purpose,â�� wrote Kyleâ��s attorney, â��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.â��
The Star Tribune reports that a hearing is slated for June 17 in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.
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