Jesse Ventura’s lawsuit against Chris Kyle going forward

Jul 24, 2013 - by Steve Gerweck

Fox News Insider

A judge has ruled that a lawsuit by Jesse Ventura against “American Sniper” Chris Kyle can continue even after Kyle’s murder. Kyle’s wife, Taya, will be the substitute defendant.

The defamation lawsuit stems from a claim that Kyle made in his book, saying that he once hit Ventura in a bar after Ventura criticized George W. Bush and the U.S. war in Iraq. He alleged that Ventura, a former Navy SEAL, told him that America “deserved to lose a few guys.”

Ventura maintains that the whole incident never happened.

Brian Kilmeade discussed the judge’s ruling this morning with Judge Andrew Napolitano, who noted that it’s very rare for a case like this to proceed after a defendant is deceased. But he said the burden is on Ventura to prove that Kyle lied about the confrontation, and also to prove that Kyle knew he was lying when he wrote the book.

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