Legendary wrestler Hulk Hogan appeared in a Florida court on Wednesday for his $100 million lawsuit against the liberal gossip website Gawker.
According to WFLA, Hogan claims his privacy was violated when the website released a video of him having sex with the wife of radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge Clem. The video was recorded several years ago in Clem’s home, and Gawker published a portion of the footage in 2012. Hogan has been involved in a legal battle with the site ever since.
“It was an extortion of my client. It was somebody trying to shake him down on a tape that he didn’t consent to, that they published with knowledge that he hadn’t consented to it all of which and in every scenario which there’s one victim constantly and that’s Terry Bollea,” Hogan’s attorney Kenneth Turkel said in court on Wednesday.
Gawker’s lawyers asked the judge to dismiss the case based on lies they say Hogan has been telling.
“There was one thing that they wanted to deceive about. But as often the case, that led to a second thing to cover for the first thing, and then the third thing to cover for the second thing, to cover for the first thing” said Gawker attorney, Seth Berlin.
The video has done major damage to Hogan’s career and reputation after additional audio footage from it was released. In the tape, Hogan is heard using the N-word to describe a man dating his daughter. After this was released, the World Wrestling Entertainment company (WWE) cut all ties with Hogan.
“There was a tape involving him having sex with Heather Clem that had him making racist comments on it,” said Berlin, referring to Bubba the Love Sponge’s former wife.
The judge ruled against dismissing the case, and the trial is set to begin on March 7.
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