Hulk Hogan suing over surreptitious sex tape

Terry Bollea, known as professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, watches potential jurors at the Pinellas County Courthouse, in St. Petersburg. Photo / AP
Terry Bollea, known as professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, watches potential jurors at the Pinellas County Courthouse, in St. Petersburg. Photo / AP

A jury has been selected in a civil trial between pro wrestler Hulk Hogan and a popular news website.

Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, is suing Gawker for US$100 million (NZ$147 million) for publishing a sex tape of him and the wife of a Tampa radio personality.

Opening statements will begin on Monday (Tuesday AEDT). The six-member jury will determine if Gawker violated Hogan's right to privacy when it published the video of the former professional wrestler having sex with his best friend's wife. Hogan's attorneys say it garnered seven million views.

Gawker says the publication was a legitimate scoop because Hogan had talked openly about his sex life before, in forums such as Howard Stern's radio show.

According to Hogan, the video was made without his knowledge.

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