Jesse Ventura – the Navy SEAL turned pro wrestler, pro wrestler turned actor, actor turned governor, and governor turned crackpot – lost his appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate a $1.8 million verdict awarded to him for his defamation case against prolific Navy SEAL sniper, Chris Kyle’s estate.
In 2014, a court awarded Ventura a total of $1.8 million in damages as a result of a story in Kyle’s book, “American Sniper,” in which Kyle describes an altercation between the two former SEALs. Kyle said that Ventura made disparaging comments about other SEALs that had been lost in action, and Kyle ultimately punched him in the face for it. Ventura claims that the incident never occurred, and that its inclusion in the popular book hurt his reputation in the SEAL community.
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