Author's Widow Testifies in Jesse Ventura Lawsuit

Updated: 07/08/2014 5:31 PM
Created: 07/08/2014 5:39 AM
By: Megan Stewart

The widow of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle says he left the name of former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura out of his book because the point wasn't to call anyone out.
Ventura claims Kyle defamed him in his autobiography by saying he knocked him down during a barroom incident in 2006 after Ventura allegedly made disparaging comments about Navy SEALs. Kyle referred to the man he punched as "Scruff Face" in the book, but acknowledged in later interviews he meant Ventura.
His widow, Taya Kyle, was the first witness as Ventura's lawsuit went to trial in St. Paul Tuesday. She acknowledged she'd heard some concerns as he was writing the book that naming Ventura would risk a libel lawsuit but didn't recall who raised them.

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Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura returns from lunch to the federal courthouse in St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday.
Photo: AP/Jim Mone
Taya Kyle, the widow of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, arrives at the federal courthouse Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in St. Paul, Minn., for the start of a trial in a lawsuit filed by former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura against the Kyle estate.
Photo: AP/Jim Mone

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