Opening statements to begin in Hulk Hogan, Gawker lawsuit
He testified that the Clems had an open marriage.
This case could be a landmark trial for violation of privacy in relation to tapes of intimacy for the future, and for that reason - not to mention, it involves Hulk Hogan - the entire trial can be livestreamed online via Gawker itself or a Livestream link.
After Hogan had been cross-examined for about an hour, Judge Pamela Campbell told the jury that court was over for the day. "Hogan vrs Gawker!" the wrestler posted on Twitter as jury selection got underway last week.
Once upon a time, Hulk Hogan was one of the most famous professional wrestlers in the world. And Hogan said he didn't know he was being videoed when he had sex with Heather Clem. The tape was filmed by Clem himself and he can be heard at the beginning of the tape telling Hogan and his wife to "do their thing", meaning there's no affair going on here; they were all consenting adults.
For a good half-hour, Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, testified Monday about his early days as a wrestler, including how he struggled to make money as a young man, slept in his auto and was previously called "Super Destroyer" before a promoter suggested the name Hulk Hogan. "It gives you artistic ability, to be a character".
The Guardian speculates that a St. Petersburg jury might be inclined to rule in favor of hometown boy Hogan over a NY media company, but Gawker has already announced plans to appeal. This is mainly about a decade-old sex tape showing him having intercourse with a friend's wife, which was released four years after it was filmed. "This is what they're doing behind the scenes". He's now seeking $100 million in damages from Gawker for defamation, emotional pain and loss of privacy.
Hogan now is involved in a civil trial with the popular news website, Gawker.
Gawker argues that tape is protected by the First Amendment because it was newsworthy.
"Celebrity sex is incredibly tiresome", said Berry.
Vogt said Gawker loves stories like this "because advertisers will shower them with dollars", and asserted that the post is "viral marketing". Advertisers don't post ads on Gawker's items that are labeled "NSFW", or "not safe for work".
Vogt showed jurors a slide listing the pornographic websites where the sex tape was re-published several times over.
Gawker founder Nick Denton is also present. "The simple unvarnished truth".
Another challenge: the length of the trial, expected to span three weeks.
Hogan attained pro wrestling stardom in the 1980s and 1990s, winning multiple championships.
The site is contending that Hogan is a public figure who made his sex life and sexual exploits a matter of public interest.