Hulk Hogan might have to face the court trial room with much difficulty than the wrestling ring. The 62-year-old former pro wrester took to the witness stand on Tuesday after he returned to a Pinellas Country, Fla., courtroom. Hogan took the stand for the second day in his lawsuit against Gawker Media over the publication of a sex video.
The Gawker Attorney’s cross examined the wrestler with explicit questions about Hogan’s “sex life” and “sexual parts” notes Fox Sports. The New York-based website, Gawker, is being sued for posting “an edited clip of a sex tape made of him and the wife of his then-best friend”.
The trial is set to determine if Gawker had the right to post a one minute and forty one second clip of the sex tape. Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, insisted that he didn’t know about the filming.
A lawyer for Hogan told FOX411, “After today’s cross examination it is clear even though [Hogan] is a celebrity playing certain roles, he is deserving of privacy in his personal life. It would seem Gawker is suggesting if a celebrity plays a sexual role in a movie it would then be appropriate to post a sexual video of that celebrity taken in their private life. Being a celebrity in no way shape or form occasions the loss of right to personal privacy.”
Gawker’s attorney played videos of Hogan’s interview with TMZ live where he openly talked about his sexual life and discussed the tape with TMZ hosts.
“I was just trying to make the best out of a bad situation. Howard was making me laugh,” Hogan said.
Hogan further stated that he was in his Hulk Hogan persona when he did the interviews, and “made bawdy jokes in character”, as per the stuff.co.nz reports. “I didn’t want to bring Terry Bollea the man, separate the character, into the conversation,” Hogan, 62, told the jury.
Hogan and his lawyers are suing Gawker for $135 million (US$100 million) . In his lawsuit Hogan mentioned that his privacy was being invaded, and that, many would believe that he was involved in the tape’s creation.
“It wasn’t about Hulk Hogan making a sex tape,” he said. “That’s not what happened. It’s never been about that…”
He even insisted that he didn’t make monetary profits out of the video.
“We had calls from Vivid Entertainment… and they said ‘there’s an open checkbook, we’ll pay you anything you want,’” he recalled, but he said he had no interest in profiting off the tape.
“I just haven’t felt like myself… this is still tearing me up,” he said. “I haven’t been able to get back up to who I was before [the tape]… I’m not the same person I was since all this craziness happened.”