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Chris Kyle Family Struggling After Jesse Ventura Lawsuit

By    |   Friday, 13 Feb 2015 06:11 PM

Taya Kyle is still dealing with the fallout from her husband's death, including a costly lawsuit brought against the late ex-Navy SEAL by former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura.

Ventura sued Chris Kyle for defamation after he told a story in his book "American Sniper" about a confrontation he had with someone he called "Scruff Face," who made a statement about Navy SEALs, saying that they "deserve to lose a few." Kyle claimed that he "laid him out," The Washington Post reports.

In an interview with Bill O'Reilly in 2012, Kyle identified "Scruff Face" as Ventura, who denied the story and filed a lawsuit against the former Navy SEAL before his death and won, which included an award for half a million dollars and $1.3 million for unjust enrichment, the Post reports.

Ventura claims that Taya Kyle won't have to pay a dime of that award because the it will be covered by an insurance company.

However, Ed Huddleston, the Kyle estate attorney told People magazine that "it is not true that the insurance company is currently agreeable to cover the entire judgement."

Huddleston explained that "at present, the insurance company's position is that it would only cover $500,000 of the judgement if the judgement becomes final. That leaves the Estate at risk for the remaining $1.3 million if the judgement become final."

Taya Kyle, who is he executor of Kyle's estate, was named as the defendant after her husbands death.

Ventura said he "refused to settle because to me it wasn't about the money, it was about the truth."

Craft International, an organization that Kyle co-founded, wrote a letter to Taya Kyle saying it wants some of the proceeds from Kyle's biography, alleging that he used company time to write the book and do book tours, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Taya Kyle sued Craft in September for using her husband's name and image in its marketing materials.

Kyle is the subject of blockbuster movie "American Sniper," based on his biography.

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Taya Kyle is still dealing with the fallout from her husband's death, including a costly lawsuit brought against the late ex-Navy SEAL by former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura.
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