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Ventura glad legal battle against 'American Sniper' is over

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By STEVE KARNOWSKI
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is denouncing the late "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle as an "American Liar" and says he's glad his five-year legal battle against the former Navy SEAL and his estate is over.

Ventura on Monday declined to say how much money he received for settling his defamation case, but it's "in the bank" and didn't come from Kyle's estate.

A jury awarded Ventura $1.8 million in 2014, but an appeals court overturned the judgment. The settlement was announced last week. Ventura also dropped a related case against HarperCollins Publishers.

Ventura says Kyle made up a story about punching him out at a California bar for making disparaging remarks about SEALs.

A HarperCollins representative declined comment while an attorney for the Kyle estate did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

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