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Jesse Ventura to sue Chris Kyle's widow

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Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura wants to sue the wife of a military legend.

It would be a continuation of a lawsuit originally filed against the late Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL who was killed during a shooting at a North Texas gun range.

In his 2006 best-selling book "American Sniper," Kyle told a story of a bar fight he had with Ventura over some unpatriotic remarks the former governor supposedly made.

Ventura denied the whole incident, and he asked a judge Monday to allow his defamation suit against Kyle to go forward with Kyle's widow as the defendant.

About a year before his murder, Kyle appeared on FOX 4 News to promote his book and told his version of the alleged showdown.

"He was going off on the war. Well, he fell down," he said.

Ventura's attorneys argued in federal court that he has the right to restore his reputation, and that Kyle's estate will continue to profit from book sales and an upcoming movie based on the book.

Kyle's attorneys argued that if the case proceeds it will paint Ventura as someone with no feelings for the widows of war heroes.

An Iraq war veteran is charged in the February killings of Kyle and a friend at a gun range in Glen Rose, Texas.

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