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Hulk Hogan says how he was completely humiliated by sex tape during the first day of Gawker trial

March 8, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Hulk Hogan says how he was completely humiliated by sex tape during the first day of Gawker trial

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Legendary wrestler Hulk Hogan said he felt “completely humiliated” after learning that a news and gossip site posted a video of him having sex with the wife of his best friend.

Hogan, who’s real name, is Terry Jean Bollea testified on Monday during day one of the $100 million trial against the news site Gawker.

Bollea said on the stand, “I was rocked. I felt numb; my arms and hands started shaking violently. I didn’t go into a spasm, but it was one of those things where I couldn’t stop shaking.”

Hogan told the jury how he was in the middle of an October 2012 promotional tour for TNA Wrestling when he received a call from rival gossip site TMZ regarding the Gawker post.

TMZ then informed him that his best friend, shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem was responsible for making and leaking the sex video, according to Hogan.

“The news just hit me,” the ex-wrestler, who donned all black wearing his signature bandana said on the stand, “they told me that Bubba was on the other end of the tape, saying, ‘Heather, if we ever need to retire, this is our retirement.’”

He also revealed how the video had documented just one of three or four sexual escapades he had engaged with Heather Clem, who — along with her ex-husband repeatedly had encouraged that the two of them hook up.

Bollea said he always ignored the couple’s offer, however, after his first wife informed him she was filing for divorce in 2007, things changed.

Hogan explained how he called up Bubba “crying like a baby,” and accepted an invitation to go to his house and talk.

When he arrived the three shared a “group hug,” Bubba then handed him a condom, and she led him by the hand into a bedroom, Hogan testified.

.“It was all of a sudden just so weird and so crazy,” he said.

Hogan said he even asked his friend, who legally changed his name to Bubba the Love Sponge, if he was “filming this,” and he replied, “I would never do that to you.” Bubba settled earlier with Hogan for $5,000 and a public apology.

“I was embarrassed about how it affected me as a person, but it was even embarrassing as a character,” he said.

“To Hulk Hogan, it was embarrassing,” said Bollea in pointing to differences between his private life and his “larger-than-life” celebrity wrestling persona.

“Terry Bollea is a normal person. Wrestling is his job,” he testified, before adding, “the character of Hulk Hogan is the absolute opposite of Terry Bollea, the only similarity is the look,” he said.

Bollea described himself as person who is not one to argue, “I’m not loud, to a fault I’m a pretty reserved person. I don’t know how to say no to people, although I’m learning how to say no to my kids.”

Hogan explained how the sex tape took a toll on his personal life, worrying out loud whether his second marriage in 2010 to Jennifer McDaniel was “going to last, because it’s not so great right now.”

However, during cross-examination, one of the attorneys for Gawker Michael Sullivan used Hogan’s claim to attack him, focusing on interviews and depositions, where he gave different accounts.

Sullivan provided one example of Hogan’s inconsistencies when he told an interviewer with VH-1 how he viewed the full, 1-minute and 41-second video posted by Gawker, but changed his story during a sworn statement, where he stated on the record that said he never watched the tape.

Bollea admitted the statement he made to VH-1 “not truthful,” claiming that “I was probably in the Hulk Hogan mode, trying to get through the day.”

“As Hulk Hogan, I’ve said I’ve slammed an elephant and surfed on a tiger shark and body-slammed Moby Dick — and I’ve said I pulled a bumper off a Cadillac, Jack — so it gives you artistic liberty when you are Hulk Hogan, to be in character.”

Hogan’s lawyer Shane Vogt said during opening statements how Gawker intentionally “wanted to inflict harm, and they wanted to make money” by exploiting the moment of weakness when Hogan “gave in to temptation.”

Gawker lawyer Michael Berry countered by attacking Hogan’s suit as a naked grab for “lots and lots of money,” and noting how Gawker founder Nick Denton’s mom was a Hungarian Jew “who survived the Nazis.”

“Mr. Denton grew up with parents who’ve seen first-hand what happens when speech is suppressed,” Berry said.

“He wants the public to have the simple, unvarnished truth … the unvarnished truth about public figures.”

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