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Associated Press , Published July 18 2013

Ventura suit against late author proceeds

MINNEAPOLIS – Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura’s defamation lawsuit against slain “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle will be allowed to go forward with Kyle’s widow as the defendant, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan said Taya Kyle, who has been appointed executor of her husband’s estate, would be a proper substitute in the case and requests to substitute defendants are freely granted.

Ventura claims Chris Kyle defamed him to gain notoriety for his best-selling book, “American Sniper.” In it, Kyle describes a 2006 bar fight in which he claims he punched someone named “Scruff Face,” whom he later identified as Ventura.

Ventura claims the fight never happened.


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