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Ventura loses appeal to reinstate $1.8M verdict against Chris Kyle estate

The Associated Press

Chris Kyle, left, former Navy SEAL and author of the book “American Sniper” and former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, right. A federal appeals court has thrown out a $1.8 million judgment awarded to Ventura, who says he was defamed in the late author Chris Kyle's bestselling book "American Sniper."
Chris Kyle, left, former Navy SEAL and author of the book “American Sniper” and former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, right. A federal appeals court has thrown out a $1.8 million judgment awarded to Ventura, who says he was defamed in the late author Chris Kyle's bestselling book "American Sniper." AP

The Supreme Court has turned away former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura’s bid for reinstatement of a $1.8 million verdict in his defamation case against the estate of slain Navy SEAL and “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle.

The justices did not comment Monday in leaving intact a decision by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to upend the verdict.

Kyle’s autobiography was the basis for the 2014 film “American Sniper.”

Ventura, a former SEAL, took issue with Kyle’s claim that Kyle punched Ventura at a California bar in 2006 for offensive comments about the SEALs.

Ventura said Kyle made up the entire incident and that the book damaged Ventura’s reputation among former SEALs.

A jury had sided with Ventura.

The case could return to Minnesota for a new trial.

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