The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura’s defamation case against the estate of the late Chris Kyle. Ventura is still seeking $1.8 million from Kyle’s estate on claims the “American Sniper” author defamed him in a chapter of his book.
In “American Sniper,” Kyle wrote about a California bar fight in which he punched a man referred to as “Scruff Face” after he made insulting comments about fallen Navy SEALs. Kyle later revealed he was talking about Ventura during a radio interview on “Opie and Anthony.”
Ventura’s suit argues that the fight never took place and his reputation in the SEAL community has been damaged.Image Credit: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
A Minnesota court in 2014 ruled in Ventura’s favor, awarding him a total of $1.8 million for unjust enrichment and defamation. However, the ruling was overturned by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Supreme Court has now handed Ventura his second consecutive court defeat by refusing to hear the case.
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Still, Ventura said he’s not done with his legal campaign against Kyle’s estate. It’s possible the case could get a new trial in Minnesota.
Kyle, a legend among Navy SEALs, was shot to death at a Texas gun range while attempting to help a fellow military veteran whom he believed was suffering from PTSD.
Ventura has been heavily criticized for not dropping the lawsuit after Kyle’s death as his estate now belongs to his widow, Taya Kyle, and their children.