The family of Chris Kyle is currently struggling to survive after being forced to pay Jesse Ventura $1.5 million in a defamation lawsuit.
The suit was filed over a chapter in Kyle’s book American Sniper in which he claimed he once punched Ventura in the face in a bar. After winning the lawsuit, Ventura claimed that Kyle’s widow Taya would not need to pay any of that money because her insurance would cover it. According to Newsmax, this has unfortunately turned out to be a lie.
“It is not true that the insurance company is currently agreeable to cover the entire judgement,” said Kyle family attorney Ed Huddleston. “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.”
After her husband’s death, Taya was made the defendant in the lawsuit because she is the executor of Kyle’s estate. Ventura easily could have dropped the lawsuit then, but he refused, saying “to me it wasn’t about the money, it was about the truth.”
Now, Taya Kyle is a single mother on the hook for $1.3 million. The widow of an American hero like Chris Kyle deserves so much better.