Ventura wants widow to stand trial in defamation suit


Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is continuing a lawsuit alleging defamation against an ex-Navy SEAL who was killed last February.

Ventura filed the suit last year against Chris Kyle, author of "American Sniper," claiming a California bar fight described in the book defamed him.

Kyle was shot and killed at a shooting range near Fort Worth, Texas in February.

The Star Tribune reports Ventura's lawyers asked the federal court to substitute Kyle's wife, Taya Kyle, as the defendant.

In a response filed Wednesday, Taya Kyle’s attorney writes Ventura's move “comes as a disappointment, but no surprise."

"American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History," detailed Kyle's 150-plus insurgent kills from 1999 to 2009, the Pioneer Press reported.

The book describes a 2006 confrontation with a “celebrity” he nicknamed “Scruff Face,” but never uses Ventura's name. The newspaper says Kyle later acknowledged he was describing Ventura.

Ventura denies that a fight ever took place.

The trial was previously scheduled for Aug. 1.

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