Hulk Hogan testifies again in second day of sex video lawsuit

Hulk Hogan, file photo

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – Hulk Hogan appeared in a St. Petersburg courtroom for the second day in a $100 million lawsuit against the website Gawker. Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, maintains the publication of a sex tape, showing him with the ex-wife of radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge, ruined his life.

However, Gawker attorneys played a number of interviews with Bollea when he talked about the sex tape. Appearing on the “The Howard Stern Show,” Bollea was asked repeatedly about the tape.

On Tuesday he maintained he was embarrassed. “I dropped my head in my hands. It was just embarrassing, humiliating to hear it, but I didn’t say it,” Bollea said.

The internationally known wrestler said he had to talk about the video on Stern’s show so he could promote a wrestling event. “I was on an entertainment show and I had to be an entertainer so I kept going,” Bollea said.

Bollea also revealed there were a number of financial offers for the video. “I was concerned because there were people that thought I might have something to do with this. We even had calls from Vivid Entertainment who does all these pornographic films and said, ‘There is an open checkbook. We’ll pay (how) you much money as you want,'” he said.

However, Bollea maintains when he is in his own home, or the home of a friend, he does expect privacy. “In the privacy of your own home, I’m not Hulk Hogan so I don’t have to worry. In the privacy of my own home, I’m Terry Bollea and nobody invades my privacy in my own home or a private setting,” he said.

Gawker maintains it has a right to publish the sex tape because Hulk Hogan is a public figure.



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