Former WWE commentator Jesse Ventura was today awarded $1.8 million from a federal jury in Minnesota in his lawsuit against the estate of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle, according to a report from The Associated Press.
The lawsuit between Ventura and Kyle is because of Kyle’s best selling book in 2012 where he notes that he beat up a man in a bar fight in California, which he later found out was Ventura, who he stated also made several anti-government and anti-Navy SEAL statements. Ventura, upon learning of the story, stated that the story defamed him and that Kyle used it to profit off of his name.
Kyle presented witnesses in court that stated that the fight happened, however the local judge didn’t find the witnesses credible, while Ventura presented witnesses that stated that the fight never happened. No verdict was reached yesterday, however the judge asked them to come back and try again today, when they delivered their verdict.
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