Chris Kyle's Widow: 'Yes, Ventura Lawsuit Money Is Coming Out of My Pocket'
The widow of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle pushed back against Jesse Ventura, telling Gretchen Carlson that she will have to pay out of her own pocket after Ventura won a defamation lawsuit against her late husband.
Since Kyle's death, many have criticized Ventura for continuing with the lawsuit, but he has maintained that insurance companies would pay the award, not the Kyle family.
In an exclusive sit-down on "The Real Story," Taya Kyle said despite what Ventura claims, she will indeed have to pay a portion of the $1.8 million verdict.
"Absolutely. ... I think insurance is responsible for $500,000 because of the way the law is written," she said.
The case remains in the courts after Kyle's lawyers asked that the verdict be dismissed.
A federal jury in Minnesota sided with Ventura over the summer, deciding that Kyle had libeled the former Minnesota governor in his best-selling book.
Kyle wrote that he decked a man later identified as Ventura after the man allegedly said the Navy SEALs "deserve to lose a few."
Ventura insisted that he was defamed in the book, arguing that the incident never happened.
Taya Kyle also discussed her husband's murder in 2013. Iraq War veteran Eddie Ray Routh is charged with fatally shooting Chris Kyle and another man at a Texas shooting range.
Kyle said she does not like hearing about Eddie Ray Routh's alleged struggles with PTSD and mental illness.
"I don't buy it. I don't think it's appropriate. I think it's a very lame excuse for horrible behavior," she said, urging Gretchen to take a look at the case and Routh's actions before he ever served in the military.
Watch the interview above, and see Part 1 in which Taya talks about "American Sniper," which opens in some theaters Dec. 25 and nationwide on Jan. 16.