ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The widow of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle says the couple never intended to profit from her husband's autobiography, which former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura claims defamed him.
Taya Kyle testified Wednesday that the Kyles wanted to donate profits to other veterans but gift tax laws that limited how much they could give away. The 2012 best-seller has earned more than $3 million in royalties.
Ventura is suing over Kyle's claim in the book that he punched out Ventura in 2006 in a barroom incident after Ventura made disparaging remarks about servicemen. Ventura says neither the punch nor the remarks ever happened.
A key claim Ventura must prove in his lawsuit is that Kyle profited from a made-up story.