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Ventura: No Bar Fight with 'American Sniper' Kyle

Updated: 07/11/2014 6:09 PM
Created: 07/11/2014 3:49 PM WDIO.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura has testified he doesn't remember any confrontation with the "American Sniper" author who claimed to have punched out Ventura in a bar.

Ventura is suing the estate of late military sniper Chris Kyle for defamation because he says the story is a lie.

Ventura testified Friday in St. Paul, Minnesota, that he doesn't know if Kyle was even in the California bar the night of the supposed fight in 2006. Ventura says he remembers several people asking him to sign autographs and pose for pictures. He says he wasn't drinking that night and hasn't for years.

Kyle was killed last year at a Texas gun range. In his book, he says he punched Ventura after the former governor made derogatory remarks about Navy SEALs.

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Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura makes his way back into Warren E. Burger Federal Building during the first day of jury selection in a defamation lawsuit Tuesday in St. Paul.
AP Photo/Jim Mone

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