During his testimony, Mr. Bollea distinguished between Hulk Hogan the character and his real identity.
For reasons that, as of this writing, remain unclear, Bubba encouraged Hogan to have sex with his (Bubba’s) wife, Heather, while Bubba himself excused himself to another room. They were at an autograph signing for Hogan. Bollea then sued Gawker for $100 million for violation of privacy.
However, the radio presenter filmed it and the Gawker website published the resulting sex tape. The defendants named in the lawsuit are former Gawker editor A.J. Daulerio and Gawker founder Nick Denton.
Denton’s mother was a Hungarian Jew “who survived the Nazis” and then escaped Soviet occupation by fleeing to England at the age of 18.
Mr Berry said the company had not made any money directly from the video, because no advertising had been attached to it. “The simple unvarnished truth”.
Hogan said he was in the midst of an October 2012 publicity tour for TNA Wrestling when he got a call from TMZ about the Gawker post. But why is Hogan going after a media company so strongly that he could put them out of business? The black and white surveillance footage shows Hogan talking about his son, his crumbling marriage and culminates in awkward relations with Heather Clem, who was married to Tampa Bay shock jock and close friend Bubba the Love Sponge (aka Todd Alan Clem) at the time.
Wrestler Hulk Hogan attends the Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3 to promote Majesco Entertainment’s “Hulk Hogan’s Main Event” video game on Kinect for Xbox 360 in Los Angeles June 7, 2011. “I don’t know really how to say no, even though I’m learning how to say no to my kids”.
Gawker says the publication was a legitimate scoop because Hogan had talked openly about his sex life before, in forums such as Howard Stern’s radio show.
Gawker attorney Mike Berry delivered a decidedly shorter opening statement, arguing that the newsworthiness of the post protects it under the First Amendment.
‘They knew what they were doing, but they didn’t care’. He’s attempting to demonstrate that Gawker skirted common decency and unlawfully intruded his privacy rights with a story about celebrity sex that featured video of his naked body. Hogan’s lawsuit is seeking $100 million in damages from the website for emotional distress and invasion of privacy.
And in a odd statement that showcases the thin separation between a celebrity’s true self and his public personality, the plaintiff said it wasn’t just Terry Bollea who was ripped apart by the posting.
But in the 1980s, pro wrestling shifted its view to “get the families in the front row” and focused on being “sports entertainment”. Advertisers don’t post ads on Gawker’s items that are labeled “NSFW”, or “not safe for work”.