Hulk Hogan‘s case against Gawker continues into an eighth day as more defense witnesses are expected to take the stand. Yesterday, Gawker’s founder Nick Denton talked about how “the public’s right to know usually trumps a celebrity’s privacy.” During cross-examination, he was made to read aloud a passage from Gawker’s article that accompanied the Hogan sex tape, the result was a very, very awkward moment in the court room. Bubba The Love Sponge, who copied the video, is expected to appear in court this morning, but will likely plead the Fifth.
Hogan sued the website in 2012 after it published parts of a video that showed him having sex with the wife of radio shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem. The video was recorded in 2006 and according to Hogan, it was recorded without his knowledge. Hogan’s lawsuit seeks $100 million in damages for invasion of privacy.
Gawker is waging a First Amendment defense, claiming that because Hogan discussed his sex life publically he made the sex tape fair game for publishing.
Here is the live stream from Day 8 of the trial which started again Wednesday morning.
[screengrab via Channel 8]