Former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan says he was 'completely humiliated' by the publication of a video showing him having sex with his then-best friend's wife. Testifying Monday in his privacy lawsuit against the Gawker website, 62-year-old Hogan said he did not authorize the tape to be made or authorize Gawker to publish it.
Hogan - whose real name is Terry Bollea - said when he realized that his then-best friend, radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, was involved in making the tape, he began 'violently shaking'. 'I was embarrassed by what it did to me as a person, but it was even embarrassing as a character. Hulk Hogan was embarrassed,' he testified.
Heather (Left) and Bubba (Right)
Earlier, Hogan testified that his friend told him in a phone call that his wife Heather wanted to have sex with him. Hogan said he treated it as a joke, but the couple - who he said had an open marriage - kept bringing it up repeatedly. Hogan testified that when he and Heather eventually did have sex, her husband handed Hogan a condom. Hogan said he felt something was wrong, and he asked if they were being taped. He said Bubba denied it.
Hogan is suing Gawker for $100 million for publishing the sex videotape. In opening statements, a lawyer for Gawker invoked the Holocaust when he defended the website's choice to publish the sex tape.
Here's what both sides agree on: In 2006, following a messy divorce, Hogan had sex with the wife of his then-best friend, shock jock Bubba The Love Sponge Clem. Hogan's lawyers said there were three sexual encounters; at least one of them was captured on video.
Hogan says he didn't know he was being videoed. It's unclear who leaked the video to Gawker and other media, but some police reports claim it was a disgruntled producer on Bubba Clem's radio show.
An attorney for Hogan told jurors that Gawker 'crossed the line' when posting the video, portraying Gawker founder Nick Denton and his reporter as reckless and profit-hungry.
'They knew what they were doing, but they didn't care.'