Jesse Ventura, Chris Kyle's Estate Dismiss ‘American Sniper' Defamation Case

MINNEAPOLIS — Jesse Ventura and the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle have agreed to dismiss the former Minnesota governor's defamation case. Kyle, the deadliest sniper in the history of the American military, detailed his time on the battlefields of Iraq in the best-seller American Sniper, later adapted into the top box-office movie of 2014. That same year, a jury awarded Ventura $1.8 million after concluding that Kyle defamed him in the book. In a section titled "Punching Out Scruff Face," Kyle wrote about a man who "started running his mouth about the war" at a gathering of SEALs at a bar in 2006. Kyle, who never referred to Ventura — also a former SEAL — by name in the book, said he punched the man after he said the SEALs "deserved to lose a few" in Iraq.   Continue reading...

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