Transcript for Hulk Hogan and Gawker in $100 Million Legal Battle
We begin with that legal battle between hulk hogan and the website Gawker. The former pro wrestler is fighting it out in court this time suing the site for $100 million for posting a portion of his private tape. ABC's Linzie Janis is here with the latest. Good morning, Linzie. Reporter: Good morning, robin. After nearly four years of legal wrangling the trial is finally here with jury selection under way and this is significant because it is the first celebrity sex tape case to ever go to trial. This morning, hulk hogan is preparing for the battle of a lifetime. But this time the hulkster whose real name is terry bollea isn't headed into the ring but into a courtroom. The wchl we star suing the gossip site for $100 million for posting a video of him having sex with heather clem, the then wife of his former best friend. Florida radio deejay bubba the love sponge. This was an incredible. It was taken without his knowledge and/or consent. Reporter: Now hogan tweeting before court Tuesday, "Time for the real main event. I am going to slam another giant." But Gawker arguing the tape and hogan's affair were newsworthy. Months before Gawker published this was a giant story in the news. Reporter: The company telling ABC news, "We are defending the fight amendment against hulk hogan's effort to create a world where celebrities can promote themselves around any topic, in this case sex, and then veto how the media covers their lives. Hulk hogan bragged about his sex life for years and denied this particular sexual encounter." Hogan maintains the leaked tape has damaged both his personal and professional life. He was wiped from the WWE hall of fame in July after the national enquirer released a previously unheard audiotape from the sex tape. Hogan heard making racial slurs. Can we stop for a second? Reporter: Telling Amy robach after the audio's release he hit rock bottom. I was at the lowest point of my life to the point where I wanted to kill myself. You were suicidal. Yes, I was. Reporter: Opening arguments are set to begin Monday and the trial is expected to take three weeks, hogan is expected to take the witness stand. Robin. Linzie, thank you. We bring in ABC's chief legal analyst Dan Abrams for this. A high-profile case like this seating a jury, how difficult is that? What are both sides looking for. I think you'll be able to find a jury pretty easily. There's been a lot higher profile cases where they have. But it is critical. Why? They're not fighting over the facts, they kind of agree as to what happened. It's a question of how do you interpret the law and so which jurors you get and what mind-set they come in with is absolutely critical. So hogan's team will want people simply offended that Gawker published this at all while Gawker's team will want people more willing to focus on sort of constitutional principles but it will be an interesting case to be a juror on because to one was killed here. You got some sort of obnoxious high-profile person against an obnoxious high-profile media entity, kind of a fun case to preside over. That's one way of looking at it. Yeah. Gawker's stance is that first amendment. That's right and it's hard -- some people will say, it's a sex tape. How could there be a first amendment claim? What Gawker is basically saying is the minute hulk hogan starts always talking about his sex life and specifically talking about not having sex with the person he's having sex with on the tape, that that becomes newsworthy. They say, look, we only used a little over a minute of the tape. We didn't play the whole thing. We were using it just as much as was necessary to be newsworthy. Won't it be tricky with the jury. Absolutely. It's going to be a hard argument for a jury. It's the sort of argument better in an appel yaclate court. Key question did they need to use the tape. It's a fascinating case. Three students claimed they
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