Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura returns from lunch to the federal courthouse in St. Paul, Minn., on Tuesday, the first day of a trial in a lawsuit Ventura filed against the estate of the late former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Ventura filed the defamation lawsuit claiming that Kyle's account of a bar fight in a book he wrote was false. (Jim Mone/The Associated Press)
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ST. PAUL, MINN. — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura has testified he doesn't remember any confrontation with the "American Sniper" author who claimed to have punched out Ventura in a bar.
Ventura is suing the estate of late military sniper Chris Kyle for defamation because he says the story is a lie.
Ventura testified Friday in St. Paul, Minnesota, that he doesn't know if Kyle was even in the California bar the night of the supposed fight in 2006. Ventura says he remembers several people asking him to sign autographs and pose for pictures. He says he wasn't drinking that night and hasn't for years.
Kyle was killed last year at a Texas gun range. In his book, he says he punched Ventura after the former governor made derogatory remarks about Navy SEALs.