Wednesday 17 January 2018

I did not know I was being filmed, says Hulk Hogan's sex partner

Former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan arrives at the courtroom (AP)
Former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan arrives at the courtroom (AP)

The woman who had sex with Hollywood star Hulk Hogan on video has told a court in Florida that she did not know their encounter was being filmed.

Heather Cole told the civil trial in St Petersburg that she was very upset to discover that her then-husband had recorded the encounter.

Ms Cole, the ex-wife of radio personality Bubba The Love Sponge Clem, testified via pre-recorded video.

In her deposition, recorded in 2015, she said she and Hogan had sex at least three times: once in a hotel, once at his house and once at the house she shared with Clem. In earlier testimony, she said she and Clem had an open marriage.

Hogan, whose given name is Terry Bollea, is suing Gawker Media for 100 million dollars (£70m) for posting the edited video. He contends the video violated his privacy.

Ms Cole said that Clem showed her the video several weeks after one encounter with Hogan at their home.

"I immediately asked for it to stop," she said. "I don't remember a specific conversation. I do remember feeling very upset."

She said that to her knowledge, the other encounters with Hogan were not filmed and that she did not leak the video to Gawker - and does not know who did.

She also added that in her opinion, Hogan is someone who likes publicity.

Gawker Media founder Nick Denton testified that the website decided to post the Hogan sex video because "it showed Hogan as a person" and that the editorial team at Gawker deemed the 1 min, 41 sec video newsworthy.

On Tuesday, Denton said that he did not see the video before his editor, A J Daulerio, posted it on the Gawker site in 2012. As founder of the media company, Mr Denton said he was not involved in the day-to-day decisions of the editorial process.

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