Hulk Hogan and sportscaster Erin Andrews are both in courtroom battles over graphic recordings that were posted on the Internet. Andrews, a Fox Sports reporter, was covertly filmed nude through a hotel peephole by a stalker. Hogan, a former professional wrestler, was filmed having sex with his friend's wife. A judge ruled Friday in St. Petersburg, Florida, that Hogan's legal team won't be able to cite Andrews' ongoing case in his defense.
Judge Pamela Campbell granted a motion by Gawker's lawyers to exclude evidence related to Andrews, whose trial will head to a jury soon. Campbell said she wanted to avoid "confusion on the legal issues. Six jurors, plus three alternates, were chosen to decide the trial, which is expected to run about three-and-a-half weeks. Four of the six jurors, and two out of the three alternates, are women.
Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, is suing Gawker for publishing a portion of the salacious footage in Nick Denton, the founder of Gawker, and former editor A. Daulerio are also named as defendants. The threat to Gawker's solvency prompted the owners to sell a minority stake in the company to an outside investor as a protective measure against the lawsuit. Some in Hulk Hogan jury pool squeamish about watching his sex tape Bubba Clem permitted Hogan, once a close friend, to have sex with his wife.
The tape was recorded by a surveillance camera in Clem's bedroom in Clem said that he burned the footage onto a DVD and labeled it as "Hogan.
Jury selection concluded on Friday with Gawker attorney Michael Sullivan asking the remaining 55 potential jurors about their impressions of the First Amendment, their feelings about freedom of expression, and the role of the press. Hulk Hogan jury pool questioned about his use of racial epithe Gawker contends that showing the footage is protected by the Constitution because Hogan has made his sex life a matter of public interest "What is your general impression of the news media these days?
Juror 3, one of only two men on the six-person jury, told Sullivan that some outlets are "more trustworthy" than others. When Sullivan asked if material the jurors find personally "distasteful" could still be protected by the Constitution, juror 16, a woman, said that certain material, like child pornography, is not protected. Sullivan, a soft spoken attorney from Washington, D.
He reminded the jurors that the trial will be long. Can I withhold judgment until I've heard both sides? First published March 4,