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 SEALâs widow.
âLawyers for Ventura have asked a federal court to continue his lawsuit against Chris Kyleâ¦by substituting Kyleâs 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 âPredator,â claimed last year Kyle's book, âAmerican Sniper,â wrongly accused him of starting a California bar fight.
âAlthough Kyle is deceased, his âAmerican Sniperâ book continues to sell and it is soon to be made into a movie,â said Venturaâs motion.
The former wrestlerâs lawyer added: Because Kyleâs accusation survives his death, âit would be unjust to permit the estate to continue to profit from Kyleâs wrongful conduct and to leave Governor Ventura without redress for ongoing damage to his reputation.â
Venturaâs 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. Kyleâs 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.
âHe was bad-mouthing the war, bad-mouthing (former President) Bush, bad-mouthing America,â Kyle told Fox News' Bill O'Reilly.
âHe 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.
âAnd then he said that we deserved to lose a few guys,â O'Reilly said.
Kyle said he responded by laying out Ventura.
âThat happened? You knocked him out?â O'Reilly asked.
âWell, I knocked him down.â
Tayaâs attorney on Wednesday responded to the motion, filing an official response and saying that Venturaâs move comes as âa disappointment, but no surprise.â
âContinuing this action will serve no useful purpose,â wrote Kyleâs attorney, âand 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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