The Latest: Hogan attorney opens case in Gawker lawsuit


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the civil trial between pro wrestler Hulk Hogan and the popular website Gawker (all times local):

11:15 a.m.

An attorney for wrestler Hulk Hogan told jurors that Gawker “crossed the line” when posting video of pro wrestler Hulk Hogan having sex with his former best friend’s wife.

In opening statements on Monday morning attorney Shane Vogt told the six jurors and three alternates that Gawker officials knew it was wrong to post the video in 2012. He says the New York-based website invaded Hogan’s privacy for profit.

Vogt says Hogan didn’t know he was being filmed.

The attorney told jurors Hogan will take the stand during the trial. Hogan is seeking damages for emotional distress and for invasion of privacy.

Lawyers for Gawker are expected to address the jury shortly.

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9:40 a.m.

Jurors in St. Petersburg are hearing opening statements in a civil case between pro wrestler Hulk Hogan and the popular website Gawker.

On Monday morning, Judge Pamela M. Campbell told the jury of six plus three alternates that Hogan is claiming invasion of privacy.

Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, is suing Gawker for $100 million for publishing a sex tape of him and the wife of a Tampa radio personality. Hogan, who is also claiming an intentional infliction of emotional distress, says the tape was made without his knowledge.

Hogan is wearing all black, along with a plain black bandanna.

Gawker founder Nick Denton is also present.

The trial is expected to last three weeks.

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8:10 a.m.

Opening statements are scheduled to begin in the civil trial between pro wrestler Hulk Hogan and a popular news website.

Proceedings will start Monday morning in a St. Petersburg courtroom.

Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, is suing Gawker for $100 million for publishing a sex tape of him and the wife of a Tampa radio personality.

A six-member jury will determine whether Gawker violated Hogan’s right to privacy when it published the video of the former professional wrestler having sex with his best friend’s wife. Hogan’s attorneys say it garnered 7 million views.

Hogan says the video was made without his knowledge.

Gawker says the publication was a legitimate scoop because Hogan had talked openly about his sex life before, in forums such as Howard Stern’s radio show.

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