jesse ventura with chris kyle for american sniper clearing up 2015

Jesse Ventura has always known how to make headlines, but when he sued Chris Kyle‘s estate for defamation over his portrayal in the book ‘American Sniper‘, the media gave him so headlines he wasn’t expecting. Mainly he was attacked for suing a poor widow and children, but the National Review reported that while Kyle claimed to have donated his books earning to Veteran’s Charities, it was more like only two percent went there.

It was these misconceptions that Ventura has been wanting to clear up. Even after winning the lawsuit, Anderson Cooper, Sarah Palin and Bill O’Reilly made rather chilly comments. Basically, Ventura was asking that the information in ‘American Sniper’ that was untrue about him be taken out and for Chris Kyle to publicly admit that it was untrue. Lawyers seemed to think that it would be easier to settle the case, but for anyone who has known the former Minnesota Governor any amount of time knows that he will stand firm when it comes to principle’s he believes in, including going after someone who has sullied your name.

As the box office weekend shows, American Sniper has hit a soft spot with Americans, so it’s understandable how the media and people thought Ventura was going rogue, but it doesn’t make it right. The film has pulled in over $200 million so it’s going to have people taking a closer look. Ventura also made a point of letting it be known that the book was a mix of fact and fiction alluding that the film is the same way. Below, you can see the seven untruths that AlterNet reported.

jesse ventura clears things up about american sniper and chris kyle

On his podcast, “We the people with Jesse Ventura,” the former governor gives an updated statement about American Sniper as the book-turned-movie came to theaters nationwide this past weekend.

Jesse Ventura explains there are still many “misconceptions” about his recent lawsuit win against the Chris Kyle estate:

“[One] of the grave misconceptions about this lawsuit: I was taking money from a widow and her children — no I wasn’t. Her expenses were paid entirely from a giant insurance company. The Kyle family hasn’t suffered one dime of monetary loss,” Jesse Ventura says.

“My lawsuit was to clear my name and show this was a fabrication and a lie,” he continues. He explains that the lawsuit was over what Scruff Face, the character Kyle depicted as Jesse Ventura in American Sniper, said against the Navy SEALS and the military.

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“My lawsuit was originally started because this person in the chapter, Scruff Face, committed treason. The chapter took the book to number one [on the New York Times bestsellers list] and ultimately got it the movie deal. The point is, this was fabricated. It never happened,” Ventura says. “I would never say anything like that against my own unit or the military itself.”

During his podcast statement, Jesse Ventura explains he went to settlements “four or five times” before going to trial.  All he asked was for the publisher to remove the Scruff Face chapter and for Chris Kyle to publicly admit to the lie; they refused.

“The only thing I was offered was money,” said Ventura. “I refused to settle because to me it wasn’t about money, it was about the truth…they would do nothing to restore my reputation…the only way to stop [the lie] was to bring a lawsuit.”

He also addresses the monetary outcome of the trial: “The jury gave me what they felt I was damaged. The majority of that money is going to my attorney. Again, this will cost the Kyle family nothing for the lie that was written about me.”

And what does Jesse Ventura think about the book being a nonfiction account of a soldier’s experiences, both home and abroad?

“The book is not a true story. The book had fabrication and fiction written into it. [The Scruff Face] chapter was absolutely fabricated.”

Jesse Ventura ends his statement by thanking his fans for standing by him through the trial: “You don’t know how much it means to me. I’ve lost friendships over this, I’ve lost things very close to me over this, my life will never be the same because of this, and I can only state I am a complete innocent victim of the whole thing. I don’t know why I was thrown under the bus.”

Here are AlterNet’s 7 heinous lies about American Sniper:

1. The Film Suggests the Iraq War Was In Response To 9/11: One way to get audiences to unambiguously support Kyle’s actions in the film is to believe he’s there to avenge the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The movie cuts from Kyle watching footage of the attacks to him serving in Iraq, implying there is some link between the two.

2. The Film Invents a Terrorist Sniper Who Works For Multiple Opposing Factions: Kyle’s primary antagonist in the film is a sniper named Mustafa. Mustafa is mentioned in a single paragraph in Kyle’s book, but the movie blows him up into an ever-present figure and Syrian Olympic medal winner who fights for both Sunni insurgents in Fallujah and the Shia Madhi army.

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3. The Film Portrays Chris Kyle as Tormented By His Actions: Multiple scenes in the movie portray Kyle as haunted by his service. One of the film’s earliest reviews praised it for showing the “emotional torment of so many military men and women.” But that torment is completely absent from the book the film is based on. In the book, Kyle refers to everyone he fought as “savage, despicable” evil. He writes, “I only wish I had killed more.” He also writes, “I loved what I did. I still do. If circumstances were different – if my family didn’t need me – I’d be back in a heartbeat. I’m not lying or exaggerating to say it was fun. I had the time of my life being a SEAL.” On an appearance on Conan O’Brien’s show he laughs about accidentally shooting an Iraqi insurgent. He once told a military investigator that he doesn’t “shoot people with Korans. I’d like to, but I don’t.”

4. The Real Chris Kyle Made Up A Story About Killing Dozens of People In Post-Katrina New Orleans: Kyle claimed that he killed 30 people in the chaos of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, a story Louisiana writer Jarvis DeBerry calls “preposterous.”  It shows the sort of mentality post-war Kyle had, but the claim doesn’t appear in the film.

5. The Real Chris Kyle Fabricated A Story About Killing Two Men Who Tried To Carjack Him In Texas: Kyle told numerous people a story about killing two alleged carjackers in Texas. Reporters tried repeatedly to verify this claim, but no evidence of it exists.

6. Chris Kyle Was Successfully Sued For Lying About the Former Governor of Minnesota: Kyle alleged that former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura defamed Navy SEALs and got into a fight with him at a local bar. Ventura successfully sued Kyle for the passage in his book, and a jury awarded him $1.845 million.

7. Chris Kyle’s Family Claimed He Donated His Book Proceeds To Veterans’ Charity, But He Kept Most Of The Profits: The National Review debunks the claim that all proceeds of his book went to veterans’ charities. Around 2 percent – $52,000 – went to the charities while the Kyles pocketed $3 million.

 

23 COMMENTS

  1. DavidCarnes Dave Herrington thecrazyartist JoleneQuinnEhrhardt Like I said before, I never read anything about him shooting people from the Super Dome in the book I read so I can’t bring anything to that party, but where is this alledged footage that has him identifying Ventura? People keep alluding to footage of him identifying Ventura as scruff face, but no one can seem to come up with it, like I said, that would have been exhibit A at the trial.

  2. Hey Jesse, it’s not “throwing someone under the bus” when they were/are already tumbling precariously in that direction on their own. Grow a pair!

  3. Do you understand how spaces after period punctuation works? As for your post, no one cares. Unless of course you have proof beyond the “liar liar pants on fire” variety.

  4. First, it’s hilarious that Jesse Ventura thinks this is the only reason people don’t take him seriously. If the whole true is being explored we should also examine some of his asinine conspiracy theories and the movie Abraxas. Second, Kyle still donated 52,000 f*cking dollars. Let’s not pretend he mailed the charity a handful of McDonald’s coupons. It was over $52,000.

  5. OliverGrant Easy to spot budding fascists that are quite willing to quote the Constitution when it suits them, but completely ignore it when it it is used by those that disagree. I pity the country when we have so many mindless drones like you floating around.

  6. Dave Herrington thecrazyartist JoleneQuinnEhrhardt Selma is a liberal lie from a liberal racist.Oparh,Just as she needed to change the nature of the relationship between the butler and Reagan.That doesn’t change the fact that Kyle lied about his meeting with Ventura,lied about shooting people from the top of the Super Dome,lied about killing to guys trying to Jack his car.When I post my flag in the ground I want it to be in the firmest of Soil.Ferguson,Travon,Chris Kyle .Not firm enough.

  7. thecrazyartist JoleneQuinnEhrhardt  He never used Ventura’s name in the book and from the description given there’s no way you would have known who it was. I’d love to see the Conan footage where he supposedly named Ventura, because that would have been exhibit A at the trial. I don’t remember anything about him killing 30 people in NO, now granted I did read the second edition so maybe they removed that. As far as the proceeds all I ever read was a portion of the proceeds were donated, I’d be curious to find out how much Jesse has donated or how much time he spent helping vets, not just sitting around telling them stories about wrestling or being a former HA member. I used to love what Jesse was about, but just like Ted Nugent he got to believing his own press and turned into a total troll, at least when Ted talks we can just turn up his music to drown out the crap. It’s funny how the liberals aren’t bitching about how in Selma they make it out like Johnson was against civil rights and was trying to stop MLK and when the director defends that position by saying the movie wasn’t about Johnson it was about MLK they were good with that, or at the end of Argo when the plane is being chased and shot at when in fact that never even came close to happening Ben still got an Oscar, but no not with a war movie, were going to pick that apart even with the statement that this movie was based on a true story.

  8. Number 1 is not even suggested in the film. Whoever wrote this should consider the attitudes of the other soldiers that suggest otherwise. Maybe take a film analysis class or something. You could tell there was a sense of brainwashed tractor boy from Kyle’s character, but the rest of them were jaded and new what was up.

  9. I have read them a number of times one by a lady who interviewed him.I don’t blame you for wanting verification because we all know the left will make stuff up to “further the story” I do believe in this case they are correct.

  10. Heinous lies? It’s a Hollywood movie. They always do artistic license so the film is more appealing. One thing the movie changed was his age when he joined the Navy. He was 24 when he joined and went to BUD/S about a year-2 years later, not 30 like the movie depicts. Just another heinous lie, eh?

  11. Chris Kyle said on some TV show that scruff face was Vetura.The fight never happened! The incident in New Orleans never happened! Chris Kyle never shot two guys trying to jack his car.Look I am not some muslim loving lefty. But I can tell a big fat liar when I see one.

  12. OliverGrant  If “Scruff Face” & Mustafa” are fictional characters, meaning it could have been anyone OR no one.  Why get your panties in a twist?  Rather thin skinned in my opinion.

  13. DavidCarnes sadly it seems that now people have become so PC driven, free speech is becoming an endangered species. when you try to silence people who say what you don’t like, eventually you’ll be saying something that someone else doesn’t like and reality will hit home.

  14. OliverGrant No one has actually used the word hate. This article was about Ventura wanting to clear his name which I think any of us would do if put in the same situation. That’s what this article was about.

  15. I have researched this story quite a bit and found nothing untrue in  this artical. .When we tell the truth that doesn’t mean we hate America.No more than when I say Ferguson was a made up story to feed media and black racist views.That doesn’t mean I hate black Americans or think everything in there lives is rosie.

  16. Funny Kyle didn’t have any enemies besides the Taliban who put a price on his head and Ventura’s lawsuit. If Ventura says he never said anything bad about the US or its military, it’s obvious who was the big fat traitor and liar and it’s not Kyle.

  17. JoleneQuinnEhrhardt  Just because you write a book doesn’t mean you can make up any and all sorts of stories involving real people. You cannot “allege all you want” if you are naming names and cannot back it up.   If Chris Kyle had never falsely identified Ventura as “Scruff Face” in an interview then none of this would have happened.  The bigger question is why did he single out Ventura?  Ventura was right in his lawsuit,  Chris Kyle basically accused him of something that amounts to treason.  Jesse Ventura admits that the book is both fiction and non-fiction but Chris Kyle did not.  He refused to retract the story, Harper Collins(the same publisher that is now under fire for Lena Dunham’s apparently false rape story) admitted that this fictitious story by Kyle increased sales.  Jesse Ventura’s livelihood suffered as a result of this fake story.  You are quick to point out that Jesse made more in his payout than Kyle donated, but fail to acknowledge Kyle also lied about donating all the proceeds. Kyle didn’t have to donate anything it’s his money I personally don’t care if he donated or not it’s his business, but the fact he lied about it says something and only adds weight to Ventura’s claims he defamed him. Ventura’s payout is his money, he can do whatever he wants with it, if he wants to set it on fire and dance around it butt naked so be it.  Ventura only took Kyle to court after he refused to retract his statements, this was not about money.  The sheer amount of emotion driven response to this case is incredible.  In all the articles I have read people immediately go in based on how they feel and fail to acknowledge any facts.  Taya Kyle was and is not a destitute widow  Chris Kyle was human and not God.  He made mistakes, he lied and got himself and his estate(read:estate not widow)sued.  Crap happens.  Do I think this slip up diminishes Chris Kyle’s legacy and service to our country? Of course not, you cannot take his achievements as a SEAL away from him.  Do I think the anger directed towards Ventura is warranted? No, and the recourse for Ventura being written into the movie as Kyle claimed would have resulted in an even bigger lawsuit.  Kyle’s book was about him until he dragged Ventura into it.

  18. Kyle can “allege” all he wants in a BOOK HE WROTE! There’s no law against “alleging” anything you wish to “allege” Ventura! If you yourself repeatedly admit that a book Kyle WROTE is based on partial truths as well as including a level of fictional depiction, then where does any court of law find the logic in awarding you anything? As far as the “proceeds” go, would you have preferred he donated NOTHING VENTURA? How much of HIS book was he required to donate to charitable contributions? In my opinion Jesse, you’re defaming your own character given that YOU yourself were awarded 35 x more money than his charitable donations, how much of that are YOU planning to “donate”? My guess is likely ZERO just based off the flaws in your character as I’ve come to personally believe in the limited media reports I’ve seeked out and read, which reiterate all of the above, nothing new, nor different, no matter where you search, the above outlines the respect lost just as good as any other article. Which brings me shame, as I’ve respected you for a decade or more in all your conservative efforts and shared beliefs as myself and my family, until now. Nothing worse than a letdown such as this because if your character was SO defamed by this book, which I do not believe for one second it was, as I personally wouldn’t have cared two cents if the allegations made in Kyle’s book were true or untrue as it wasn’t about YOU – it was about HIM! And if you lost friends over HIS admittedly fictitious novel, then those weren’t your “friends” to begin with as the real public, your followers and admirers, supporters wouldn’t have allowed something so frivolous to disown you after all you’ve done for the country and the state of Minnesota. And one finally food for thought – when was the last movie you saw, based on a book, ever exactly parallelled? I’d love to know as I’ve never found a-one! Can’t imagine what the recourse woulda been had you actually been written into the movie! Very sad and disappointing.

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