- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 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):

7 p.m.:

A Florida appeals court has ruled in favor of a group of media companies that wanted documents unsealed in the Hulk Hogan sex video lawsuit.

Late Thursday afternoon, the Second District Court of Appeals in Lakeland ruled that sealed documents in the case are public records and should be available to the public and the press.

On Wednesday, the court ordered that a number of sealed records be released in the case and Hogan’s lawyers filed motions to keep them sealed. Attorneys for media companies, including The Associated Press, filed counter motions to make the records public.

Hogan’s legal team has until 4 p.m. Friday to remove such information such as birthdates, bank account numbers and social security numbers, from the documents.

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11:25 a.m.:

A judge says jurors will hear closing arguments Friday in ex-pro wrestler Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker Media over a sex video.

Judge Pamela Campbell announced it Thursday. Also on Thursday, lawyers for Gawker showed Hogan a promo video of him wearing T-back underwear and parodying the Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball” video.

They also played a video of a Hulk Hogan deposition in which Hogan discussed his wrestling persona, his true identity, branding and celebrity.

Hogan, whose given name is Terry Bollea, is suing Gawker for $100 million for posting the video, contending it violated his privacy. It depicted the former wrestler having sex with the wife of his then-best friend, radio host Bubba The Love Sponge Clem. Both Hogan and the woman said they didn’t know they were filmed.

9:45 a.m.:

Testimony will continue for a ninth day in the Hulk Hogan sex video trial in a Florida courtroom.

It’s possible that closing arguments could happen Thursday in St. Petersburg.

Hogan, whose given name is Terry Bollea, is suing Gawker Media for $100 million for posting the video, contending it violated his privacy. It depicted the former wrestler having sex with the wife of his then-best friend, radio host Bubba The Love Sponge Clem. Both Hogan and the woman said they didn’t know they were filmed. Clem exercised his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and won’t testify.

Gawker posted a story and an edited version of the video, saying it was newsworthy. Gawker’s editorial process has been an issue in the trial and jurors will grapple with themes of celebrities, privacy and media ethics.

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