Hulk Hogan says still reeling from sex tape at Florida trial

Tue Mar 8, 2016 5:00pm EST
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By Letitia Stein

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Reuters) - As a larger-than-life celebrity, Hulk Hogan considered it entertainment when he embellished his sex life but the Gawker news website crossed a line by posting a video of him having sex with a friend's wife, the former professional wrestler testified on Tuesday.

Hogan is seeking $100 million in damages from Gawker in a case that weighs a celebrity's right to privacy against freedom of the press.

Hogan testified he still is suffering from the release of the one-minute, 41-second edited sex clip in 2012.

"Everything changed in my life from that point forward," he said.

The sexual encounter came five years before the video was posted and Hogan, one of the wrestling world's lead figures in the 1980s and '90s, said it had been recorded at a personal low point as he went through a divorce.

"I was moving forward and this tape really sabotaged me," he said.

Attorneys for Gawker, which could be financially ruined by a loss, claim that it was Hogan who made his sex life a public matter. On Tuesday they presented him with clips from interviews and excerpts from his reality TV show, for which he was filmed on a toilet, and comments he had made about the size of his penis.

Hogan emphasized the difference between his private character and the bombastic persona he used professionally with "artistic liberty."   Continued...

Terry Bollea, known as professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, testifies in his case against the news website Gawker in St. Petersburg, Florida March 7, 2016.  REUTERS/Boyzell Hosey/Pool