Ex-Minnesota governor says TV career halted by sniper's claims

By David Bailey ST. PAUL Minn. (Reuters) – Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura told a court on Monday his annual income dropped sharply after his reputation was damaged by what he called a fictitious passage in a book by a former Navy SEAL who said the two had gotten in a bar fight. Seeking unspecified damages for defamation, Ventura testified on Friday that he has not been in a fight since he left the Navy decades before the alleged encounter described by former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,” published in early 2012.

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