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Gawker files motions seeking new trial in privacy case

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A New York news website has filed motions in a Florida court seeking a new trial in the Hulk Hogan invasion of privacy case. In motions filed this week, lawyers for Gawker Media asked for a new trial or for the amount in damages awarded to the former pro wrestler be vacated or drastically reduced. Hogan sued Gawker after it posted a video of him having sex with his then-best friend’s wife. Hogan said he didn’t know he was being…

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Hulk Hogan sex-video verdict could have limited impact

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Hulk Hogan‘s $140 million courtroom victory against Gawker for posting a sex tape of the former pro wrestler was many things, including a lurid inside look at the business of celebrity gossip and a dispute over what constitutes newsworthiness. But legal experts generally agree on what it wasn’t: a serious threat to the First Amendment. At this point, it is only a jury verdict, and an appeals court could reduce it or throw it out altogether. Even if it is…

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Hulk Hogan trial may be near end, with closing arguments Friday

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Jurors will hear closing arguments Friday in ex-pro wrestler Hulk Hogan‘s lawsuit against Gawker Media over a sex video, a Florida judge said. Judge Pamela Campbell sent the jurors home for the day Thursday while lawyers for Hogan, Gawker and media companies discussed evidence issues following lunch. Around 2 p.m., with all legal discussions ended, Campbell ended court for the day. Also on Thursday, a Florida court ruled in favor of a group of media companies that wanted documents unsealed…

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Woman who had sex with Hulk Hogan testifies in privacy trial

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The woman who had sex with Hulk Hogan on video testified Wednesday that she didn’t know their encounter was being filmed and said she was very upset that her then-husband had recorded the encounter. The jury in the Hulk Hogan civil trial on Wednesday saw Heather Cole, the ex-wife of radio personality Bubba The Love Sponge Clem, testifying via prerecorded video. In her deposition, recorded in 2015, Cole said she and Hogan had sex at least three times: once in…

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Gawker Media founder cross-examined in Hulk Hogan sex tape case

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The founder of Gawker Media underwent a bruising cross-examination Tuesday by a lawyer for former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan as a trial continued for a second week in Hogan’s lawsuit over a sex video. At one point, attorney Kenneth Terkel had Nick Denton read aloud the explicit post that accompanied the video posted on Gawker. Under Terkel’s combative questioning, Denton read to the jury a post describing Hogan’s sex with the wife of his then-best friend, Bubba The Love Sponge…

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Founder of Gawker Media expected to testify in Hulk Hogan case

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The founder of Gawker Media is scheduled for a second day on the witness stand in the Hulk Hogan sex video trial. Nick Denton will be questioned by Gawker’s lawyers Tuesday and will likely be cross-examined by Hogan’s lawyers as well. On Monday, Denton spoke about his rise in the publishing world and how he founded Gawker. Former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan is suing Gawker for $100 million for posting an edited video of Hogan having sex with his then-best…

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Gawker reporter testifies via video in Hulk Hogan lawsuit

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Jurors saw video testimony from a reporter for the news website Gawker, as a trial continued for a third day in the Hulk Hogan sex video lawsuit. On Wednesday morning, Gawker reporter A.J. Daulerio said that when he received the Hogan sex video in the mail it was “very amusing” and that he thought it was newsworthy. He added that he did not try to contact Hogan, the woman Hogan had sex with or the woman’s husband, prior to posting…

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