Jesse Ventura cross-examination gets combative

Jesse Ventura cross-examination gets combative

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Jesse Ventura walks into U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.(Photo: KARE - Ron Stover)

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by KARE Staff

KARE News 11 Minneapolis/St. Paul

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 1:12 PM

MINNEAPOLIS - The proceedings took a turn towards the testy Monday morning in the defamation lawsuit filed by former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura against the estate of former military sniper Chris Kyle.

After some questioning by his own attorney David Olson, Kyle's attorney Chuck Weber began a cross-examination of Ventura, who claims a passage in Kyle's book "American Sniper" destroyed his reputation and drastically impacted his income.

During questioning by Olson, Ventura told the court that in the decade before Kyle's book came out he made close to $11 million. He says the damage to his reputation reduced that income by 90 percent, telling the court he made around $100,000 each of the past two years.

Ventura says the third season of his True TV show "Conspiracy Theory" was delayed after the release of Kyle's book, which claimed that Kyle knocked Ventura out in a California bar after hearing the former Minnesota Governor making disparaging remarks about the SEALS. He also mentioned that the show was not renewed for a fourth season.

Ventura acknowledges that he was in the bar that night in 2006 but says the story that Kyle punched him is a lie.

During cross examination Weber used excerpts from books written by Ventura in an attempt to poke holes in his story. He also pursued a track that questioned whether Mr. Ventura was actually a Navy SEAL.

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