Hulk Hogan sex video was 'very amusing', says Gawker reporter

Gawker Media via Wikimedia Commons

Gawker Media via Wikimedia Commons

A lawyer for Gawker cross-examined a journalism professor for hours Thursday morning during the fourth day of trial testimony in wrestler Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against the gossip website over a sex video.

Daulerio said that when he received the Hogan sex video in the mail it was "very amusing" and that he thought it was newsworthy.

Wednesday afternoon, jurors heard from Mike Foley, a University of Florida journalism professor. Hogan is suing Gawker for $100 million, saying his privacy was violated, and he suffered emotional distress after Gawker posted a sex tape of Hogan and his then-best friend's wife. He also read from a blown-up printout of the rules.

Hulk Hogan in court yesterday. I haven't been able to get back up to who I was before [the tape]. He passed along his address and soon enough, Gawker was in possession of a roughly 30-minute sex tape that its staff edited down to one minute and 41-seconds.

"Would you say that the sex video is failing the SPJ code of ethics?"

Blatt, who once said that TMZ "is the new porn", wrote a letter to Hogan offering $3,000 to distribute footage of the wrestler having sex with the then-wife of his former best friend, Bubba the Love Sponge. He has handled sex tapes featuring Tom Sizemore, Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, Chyna, Tila Tequila, Verne Troyer, Colin Farrell and Jeremy Jackson, Blatt said. On Wednesday, they put Gawker's editorial ethics on trial, relying on the website editors' own words to show how far they had strayed from industry standards established by print publications.

He added: "It wasn't about Hulk Hogan making a sex tape". Asked if he had ever considered that the video might embarrass Bollea, he replied: "My job is to disseminate information".

Denton said in the deposition that "it's up to others to determine the boundaries of accepted social, journalistic and legal norms". Hogan, whose given name is Terry Bollea, and his attorneys are suing Gawker for $100 million, saying his privacy was violated, and he suffered emotional distress after Gawker posted a sex tape of Hogan and his then-best friend's wife.

Hogan and his attorneys sent Denton a cease and desist order but Denton didn't take the video post down because he said he thought it was newsworthy.

He said: "I just haven't felt like myself. this is still tearing me up".

Latest News