Updated: 08/05/2014 10:44 PM
Created: 08/05/2014 10:39 PM WDIO.com
By: Tom Hauser
Many observers were surprised when a jury found Jesse Ventura was defamed and awarded him $1.8 million. However, evidence shown to the jury in court seems to bolster the former Minnesota governor's claim he wasn't punched by former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.
The evidence includes pictures of Ventura from a San Diego bar the night Kyle claims he punched him. The pictures shown as evidence by Ventura's attorneys also include Ventura at Navy SEAL graduation and reunion events over the next two days that show no marks on his face.
In a six-minute video posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday, Ventura also told his side of the story. "And to believe that Chris Kyle could strike me in the face and not leave a mark?," Ventura asks rhetorically in the video. "Yet Chris Kyle said they saw me on television with black eyes."
WDIO sister station KSTP also obtained the video deposition of Chris Kyle that was shown in court. In the video, Kyle admits he "hates" Ventura with a "passion." That's a key point in a defamation case in trying to prove "actual malice."
The deposition is all the jury could hear from Kyle because he was shot to death at a gun range a few months after it was recorded.
Ventura's deposition was not released because it was not played at trial and is not a public document.
In his Facebook video, Ventura says he met with Kyle face-to-face and offered to settle for no money.
"When we met face-to-face I said if you will admit you fabricated the story and apologize, we'll call a press conference," Ventura said. "I said I will forgive you, we will shake hands and we will go our separate ways. He would not do it."
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