Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker update: Court continues jury selection, sex video trial set to begin this month

Hulk Hogan and his “Real American” entrance song will again be heard and this time it will not be at Wrestlemania but against news and gossip website Gawker as the court has continued its jury selection for the trial that is set to begin within the month.

Hogan, whose real name is Terry Gene Bollea, filed a $100 million lawsuit against Gawker for leaking an alleged sex tape of him and the ex-wife of his friend, radio celebrity Bubba the Love Sponge Clem.

In his Twitter account, Hogan posted that he is set for another “Main Event,” and he is going to make a slam out of Gawker in the courtroom.

The Florida court is now in the process of selecting the jury that will determine if Gawker was really at fault for posting the said video scandal that made the WWE cut ties with Hogan as he was also heard making racist remarks.

The video was said to have been recorded back in 2006 and Gawker published some part of it in 2012.

As reported by CBS news, over 500 possible jurors were on the selection and as far 100 have made the cut from the list. By Tuesday another 48 names were taken from the possible jury duties. The candidates were asked if they have been following the story and how expose are they are about the issue.

Hogan stated that the publishing of the said video violated his privacy but Gawker contested the statement and replied that Hogan had talked openly about his sex life before.

NBC reported that Gawker founder Nick Denton told The Associated Press that the fight for the right to publish the video was important both for his news organization and the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

“I care about the readers having the right to know both sides of a story. Readers should also have the right to get the story behind the celebrity story,” Denton said.

One of the obstacles of the case is to determine how the sex video went viral and that the media had copies of it. Although authorities have already figured that an anonymous gave the video copy to Gawker for free.

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