Slain author says Ventura's name deleted from book

Slain author says Ventura's name deleted from book

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Former governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura promotes his new book "63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read" at Borders Penn Plaza on April 4, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jesse Ventura

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Posted on July 9, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 9 at 5:38 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A slain military sniper whose memoir sparked a lawsuit from former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura admitted before his death that he removed Ventura's name from the book because he was afraid of being sued.
   
Ventura sued anyway, and his defamation claim against Chris Kyle's estate is unfolding this week in federal court in St. Paul, Minnesota. Ventura says Kyle invented a story about punching him at a bar after Ventura supposedly badmouthed Navy SEALs.
   
Kyle was killed last year in an attack at a Texas gun range. In a video deposition, he said early drafts of his book named Ventura in describing an alleged confrontation.
   
Kyle said he convinced his co-authors that Ventura's name should come out. The book ultimately referred to Ventura as "Scruff Face" instead.
 

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