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HarperCollins agrees to cut ‘American Sniper’ passage Jesse Ventura found offensive

By Daniel S Levine,

Earlier this week, former wrestler and former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura won nearly $2 million in a defamation lawsuit over a passage in Chris Kyle’s best-selling American Sniper memoir. Now, publisher HarperCollins is agreeing to cut the passage in new printings.

As we previously reported on Tuesday, Ventura complained that a passage about the late Navy SEALs run-in with a celebrity in American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History was about him. He said that the passage included false statements and hut his income in the years since the book was published.

Kyle was killed in a shooting at a Texas gun range in 2013, but he stuck by his story in a taped deposition. In the book, the celebrity was referred to as “Scruff Face,” but Kyle did admit later that it was Ventura.

Still, the jury sided with Ventura and awarded him $1.8 million in total.

The book’s publisher, HarperCollins, said on Wednesday that they will remove the passage that Ventura found offensive, reports The Associated Press.

"The passage will be removed," HarperCollins spokeswoman Erin Crum told the AP, but offered no further comment.

American Sniper is currently being adapted into a film by Clint Eastwood, with Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller.

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