Ventura to Appeal Vacating of $1.8M 'American Sniper' Award

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura wants a rehearing after a federal appeals court threw out a $1.8 million jury award to Ventura, who said he was defamed by the late author Chris Kyle in the bestselling book "American Sniper."

The Star Tribune reports that Ventura's attorney will seek a rehearing before the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Last week, the appeals court rejected the jury's 2014 award of $500,000 for defamation and $1.3 million for unjust enrichment against Kyle's estate.

Kyle, a Navy SEAL and the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history, claimed he punched Ventura at a California bar in 2006 after Ventura said the SEALs "deserve to lose a few" in Iraq.

Ventura, a former SEAL, testified he never made the comments and that the altercation never happened.

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