Appeals Court Tells Jesse Ventura To Stick It: $1.8 Million Award Revoked In 'American Sniper' Case

On Monday, former pro-wrestle and 9/11 conspiracy theorist Jesse Ventura learned that his $1.8 million judgment awarded to him in a defamation case against the late American war hero Chris Kyle was revoked by a federal appeals court.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals “rejected the jury's 2014 award of $500,000 for defamation and $1.3 million for unjust enrichment against Kyle's estate,” reports CBS News. The ruling was a reversal of an "unjust-enrichment" award, which the court determined was unlawful. In addition, the court vacated the defamation award, ordering it to be retried.

Kyle is a highly decorated former Navy SEAL, named as the deadliest sniper in American history with 160 confirmed “kills.” He was tragically murdered in 2013 by former Marine Eddie Ray Routh at a Texas gun range, a man he and his friend Chad Littlefield were trying to help. Littlefield was also murdered by Routh.

Ventura took issue with Kyle over a subchapter called “Punching Out Scruff Face” in the war hero’s bestselling book American Sniper. Kyle claimed to have “laid out” Ventura after the former governor said that the Navy SEALs “deserve to lose a few" and made other disparaging comments about the SEALs while at a California bar back in 2006.

Kyle only referred to Ventura as "Scruff Face" in the book but later confirmed that Ventura was indeed the man he "laid out" during an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. Ventura, a former Underwater Demolition Teams/SEAL member, subsequently sued Kyle for defamation, claiming the story to be a fabrication which ruined his credibility within the SEAL community, reports Fox News.

Watch Kyle's interview with O'Reilly below:


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