Jesse Ventura's Suit Against Dead Navy SEAL Begins
'American Sniper' author said he punched out the ex-governor
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 10, 2014 3:19 PM CDT
Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura makes his way back into Warren E. Burger Federal Building in St. Paul, Minn.   (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

(Newser) – A truly strange court proceeding kicked off in Minnesota this week, as former governor/professional wrestler Jesse Ventura brought his defamation suit against murdered American Sniper author Chris Kyle. The Washington Post has a great recap of the dispute, which stems from Kyle's 2012 book. In it, Kyle writes that he punched out a celebrity in a bar for saying that the SEALS "deserve to lose a few" for their actions overseas. Kyle refers to the celebrity only as "Mr. Scruff Face" in the book, but later identified him as Ventura.

Ventura pursued the suit even after Kyle's death, because he says the incident didn't happen and he has to clear his name. In his opening statement, his lawyer said Ventura would testify that Kyle "made the whole story up." Yesterday saw Kyle testify from beyond the grave, with a 2012 video deposition in which he said he left Ventura's name out of the book because—you guessed it—he was afraid of being sued, the AP reports.

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Jul 15, 2014 1:11 PM CDT
What a piece of shit.
what now!
Jul 11, 2014 10:40 AM CDT
any one who has ever been the victim of gossip , libel or slander understands how he would feel the need to clear his name , i hope he succeeds
Jul 11, 2014 10:20 AM CDT
Whether or not the story is true - Ventura a nut case - this nut case believes 9/11 was an inside job and NOT an attack from Bin laden. Probably why most Libs like him.