Judge says Ventura's defamation lawsuit against ex-Navy SEAL can proceed

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Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura will apparently have his day in court over claims of defamation against an ex-Navy SEAL.

The Associated Press reports that a U.S. district judge Thursday gave Ventura the go-ahead in pursuing his lawsuit against author Chris Kyle.

Kyle implied in his memoir "American Sniper" that it was Ventura who he decked in a 2006 bar fight in California after he made unpatriotic remarks about Kyle's fallen comrades. Ventura claims the punch never happened and he was defamed because of it.

Five fellow Navy SEALs and the mothers of two of their SEAL comrades back Kyle's story.

The judge in Thursday's hearing dismissed Kyle's motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

The suit is set to go to trial Aug. 1.

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