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Ventura Glad Legal Battle against 'American Sniper' is Over

STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press
December 04, 2017 06:21 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is denouncing the late "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle as an "American Liar" and says he's glad his five-year legal battle against the former Navy SEAL and his estate is over.

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Ventura on Monday declined to say how much money he received for settling his defamation case, but it's "in the bank" and didn't come from Kyle's estate.

A jury awarded Ventura $1.8 million in 2014, but an appeals court overturned the judgment. The settlement was announced last week. Ventura also dropped a related case against HarperCollins Publishers.

Ventura says Kyle made up a story about punching him out at a California bar for making disparaging remarks about SEALs.

Representatives for the Kyle estate and HarperCollins did not immediately reply to requests for comment.


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