Hulk Hogan's sex tape trial draws to an end

2016-03-18 10:27

Florida — Jurors will hear closing arguments on Friday in ex-pro wrestler Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker Media over a sex video, a Florida judge said.

Judge Pamela Campbell sent the jurors home for the day on Thursday while lawyers for Hogan, Gawker and media companies discussed evidence issues following lunch. Around 14:00, with all legal discussions ended, Campbell ended court for the day.

Also on Thursday, a Florida court ruled in favour of a group of media companies that wanted documents unsealed in the case.

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.

Hogan's legal team has until 16:00 on Friday to remove such information such as birthdates, bank account numbers and social security numbers, from the documents.

Earlier 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. They also asked him if he tried to "shape" any of the media interviews he did in the days after the sex video was posted, by asking media outlets to not discuss the video.

"I don't recall," Hogan said.

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