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Ex-Navy SEAL Jesse Ventura wants to sue Chris Kyle's widow

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America's most lethal sniper Chris Kyle had lots of stories to tell about his time in the Navy SEAL's.

But a story about punching out Former Governor Jesse Ventura is becoming a legal nightmare for his widow.

FOX4 spoke with both sides about the disputed story involving a guy Kyle identified in the book American Sniper only as "Scruffy Face."

That's how Chris Kyle refers to the person who apparently bad mouthed President Bush and the military. "Scruffy Face" was later identified as Former Navy SEAL Jesse Ventura.     

Kyle himself, while in studio last year, told us he knocked out Ventura after Ventura apparently made a negative comment about President Bush and Navy SEAL's at a bar in 2006.

Ventura said the story isn't true and filed a defamation lawsuit against Kyle.

"I think it's unpatriotic and it's uncalled for," said Chief Bill Waybourn with Dalworthington Gardens Police Dept. of Chris Kyle Academy.

"He's attacking who I consider to be the first lady of American Warriors in Taya and certainly her children," he said.

Kyle was killed in February at a gun range. Iraq war veteran Eddie Routh is charged in the murder.

This week, Ventura's attorney's asked a federal judge to place Kyle's widow Taya as the defendant in the case. The suit would go after Kyle's estate.

"This case is and always has been about a defamatory story that was told about Governor Ventura a story that was fabricated one that's not true and he's been trying to clear his name and reputation," said David Olsen, Jesse Ventura's Attorney.

He said they have pictures from the bar that night showing Ventura smiling, with his arms around Navy SEAL's. They also have pictures from the next day showing Ventura with no black eye and no other visible sign that he was in a fight.

Ventura has asked for a retraction from the publisher and a retraction from the attorney's. That's something the attorney for Chris Kyle's family says, will never happen.

The family's attorney said that because Kyle swore under oath, the story is true.

The retraction would have to appear in all future copies of the book. They also want that part about the bar fight taken out of any future copies.

There is a court ordered settlement conference scheduled for next month. Olsen said all settlement talks are confidential.

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