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 (http://strib.mn/1nBDVzJ ) 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.
Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com
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