- Associated Press - Monday, March 14, 2016

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The Latest on the trial of wrestler Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against the New York-based website Gawker (all times local):

5:20 p.m.:

Testimony in the Hulk Hogan sex video trial ended for the day with Gawker Media founder Nick Denton on the witness stand.

On Monday, Denton spoke about his rise in the publishing world and how he founded Gawker.

Former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan is suing Gawker for $100 million for posting an edited video of Hogan having sex with his then-best friend’s wife. Hogan said he didn’t know he was being filmed at the time of the encounter. He maintains it was an invasion of his privacy.

Denton will continue his testimony Tuesday and will be cross-examined. Gawker’s editorial process has been an issue in the trial.

Monday marked the beginning of a second week of testimony in the case.


4:15 p.m.:

A female journalist who once worked at the Gawker gossip website testified about editing a story on Hulk Hogan’s sex tape, but when she finished a juror wanted to know one thing: Did she have “an intimate relationship” with her two male bosses at Gawker Media?

On the witness stand Monday, Emma Carmichael, answered “no.”

Hogan is suing Gawker for posting the video. Gawker’s editorial process has been an issue in the trial.

Carmichael is currently editor of Jezebel, a website owned by Gawker Media. She worked at Gawker during the time the Hogan sex video was posted in 2012.

Carmichael talked about copy editing the story that accompanied the Hogan video and working with a video editor to trim the 30-minute video down to under two minutes. She also said she thought the video and the story were newsworthy and that she did consider how it would affect Hogan.


9:50 a.m.

A former editor at Gawker was called to the stand during the start of the second week of the Hulk Hogan sex video trial.

Lawyers for Gawker Media began presenting their client’s case Monday. The first witness called was A.J. Daulerio, the reporter who posted the sex video.

Hogan, whose given name is Terry Bollea, is suing Gawker Media for $100 million for posting the edited video showing him having sex with his then-best friend’s wife. The former wrestler has said he didn’t know he was being filmed when the video was made.

The civil case is being held in a St. Petersburg courtroom.

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