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Slain author feared Ventura tale had eclipsed book

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Jurors in Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit have heard a slain military sniper say in a recording that he didn't want his book overshadowed by a story about his alleged bar fight with the former Minnesota governor.

Ventura's attorney on Thursday played a section of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle's deposition. Kyle, a former Navy SEAL, was fatally shot last year at a Texas gun range.

Ventura claims that Kyle made up a story in his best-selling autobiography about punching Ventura outside a California bar in 2006.

The Star Tribune reports Kyle said in his deposition that he was shocked the three pages about the alleged incident drew so much attention.

The Pioneer Press reports Kyle's deposition included emails suggesting Kyle's publicists were pleased with the media coverage from the controversy.

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