Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura has decided to substitute Chris Kyleâ€™s wife, Taya, in a defamation suit he has filed against the slain Navy SEAL.
Mr. Ventura last year sued the decorated soldier, who authored â€œAmerican Sniper,â€ claiming that the bookâ€™s description of a California bar fight defamed him, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Kyle, nicknamed Americaâ€™s â€œmost lethal sniper,â€ was killed at a Texas shooting range in February by a young veteran he was mentoring.
â€œAlthough Kyle is deceased, his â€˜American Sniperâ€™ book continues to sell and it is soon to be made into a movie,â€ read the claim filed last week by attorney David Bradley Olsen.
Mr. Venturaâ€™s attorneys said the claims live on despite Kyleâ€™s death, and â€œit would be unjust to permit the estate to continue to profit from Kyleâ€™s wrongful conduct and to leave Governor Ventura without redress for ongoing damage to his reputation,â€ the Star Tribune reports.
Mrs. Kyleâ€™s attorney filed a response Wednesday, calling the development a disappointment.
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