Co-author: Sniper did not want to name Ventura

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Updated: 7/17 2:25 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The co-author of "American Sniper" says former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle did not want to name former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura as the man Kyle allegedly punched in a California bar in 2006.

Jim DeFelice testified Thursday as part of Ventura's defamation lawsuit against the estate of Kyle, who was killed in Texas last year.

The Star Tribune reports one of Ventura's attorneys asked DeFelice why he did not contact Ventura about the section describing the bar fight when he was researching the book. DeFelice responded: "It was not Jesse's book."

In his 2012 book, Kyle wrote that he punched a man he called "Scruff Face." Kyle later identified the man as Ventura.

Ventura maintains that Kyle never hit him, and that his reputation was damaged by Kyle's story.


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