Jesse Ventura asked a federal judge today to allow his lawsuit against Chris Kyle to move forward with the American Sniper’s widow as the defendant.
Kyle, who was killed in February at a Texas gun range, wrote the book American Sniper. Ventura claims that Kyle defamed him in the book by writing about a bar fight that never happened.
Kyle, who was considered one of the deadliest American snipers in history, writes in American Sniper that he got into a bar fight with a man described as “scruff face” in 2006. The man was later identified as Jesse Ventura.
Ventura, however, claims that the fight never happened and sued Kyle for defamation. The former Minnesota Governor now wants Kyle’s widow to serve as the defendant since the American Sniper was killed earlier this year.
Ventur’s attorney David Bradley Olsen argues that Keyl’s widow, Taya Kyle, should act as the defendant since Kyle’s estate will continue to profit from book sales and an upcoming movie. Olsen also argued that Ventura had a right to repair his image.
Kyle’s attorney, John Borger, argued that Ventura is continuing to damage his reputation by pursuing legal action against Taya.
Borger said: “Continuing this action will serve no useful purpose, 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.”
ABC reports that U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan has taken the case under advisement and will decide if the lawsuit will move forward.