Among the topics of discussion: the propriety of a Howard Stern interview featuring Hulk Hogan and his daughter, Brooke Hogan, in which Stern said he would like to “take [Brooke’s] virginity.”
Gawker contends that because Hogan is a public figure who has been open about his life, his sex tape was newsworthy and protected by the First Amendment.
The case pits Hogan (real name Terry Bollea) against the news and gossip empire that in 2013 posted a video of the WWE icon having sex with the wife of his friend, Tampa radio shock host Bubba the Love Sponge (real name Todd Clem). Gawker notes that the clip was highly edited, and included a narrative about what it was like to see the video.
Hogan accuses the company of violating his privacy. The stakes could not be higher for the media company, which has settled previous suits, or gotten them dismissed.
Gawker isn’t exactly shying away from the publicity around the case — it is also livestreaming the trial.
Livestream provided courtesy of Wild About Trial/Crime Watch Daily