Yesterday afternoon it was announced that former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura was awarded $1.8 million in a lawsuit against the estate of Chris Kyle, the author of "American Sniper".
After six days of discussion, the federal jury ruled that the 2012 best-selling novel had defamed Ventura in its description of a bar fight that took place in 2006. Kyle depicted in the novel that he punched a man who said that NAVY Seals "deserve to lose a few", which Kyle then identified as Ventura.
Ventura testified that this story was fabricated and it resulted in the damage of his reputation and a substantial economic loss on his part due to the story. Legal experts said that Ventura had a demanding task ahead of him if he was to win the lawsuit, and that he needed to present accurate evidence that the novel defamed and humiliated him.
Kyle, who was slain at a Texas gun range last year, left his widow Taya Kyle with his estate and control over proceeds from his book. Ventura suggested that $5 million to $15 million would be fair enough compensation for the damage that was done to his reputation.
$15 million in compensation for a book that talked a bit of smack about you, Ventura?
Even after his term as governor, it seems like Ventura is still fairly defensive about his reputation, even though he was a very forgettable governor. Personally, I didn't even know he was a former governor until last year, which says a lot about his so called "reputation". (But then again, I'm not all that knowledgeable on politics). And if being a former movie star and governor didn't make him enough money, Ventura apparently believed that a book harmed him economically.
(Ventura was pretty awesome in "Predator" though).
Ventura is currently 63, and I'm at a loss of words as to why he feels the need to make more money off of a lawsuit against a widow's deceased husband. That's a new low.
Granted, maybe it was wrong to deface someone in a novel, but there's no reason to get worked up about it after the author passed away. I guess Ventura really has nothing better to do.
By: Matthew Romeo
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