Woman who had sex with Hulk Hogan testifies in privacy trial

2016-03-17 18:00

Florida — The woman who had sex with Hulk Hogan on video testified on Wednesday that she didn't know their encounter was being filmed and said she was very upset that her then-husband had recorded the encounter.

The jury in the Hulk Hogan civil trial on Wednesday saw Heather Cole, the ex-wife of radio personality Bubba The Love Sponge Clem, testifying via prerecorded video.

In her deposition, recorded in 2015, Cole said she and Hogan had sex three times: once in a hotel, once at his house and once at the house she shared with Clem. In earlier testimony, she said she and Clem had an open marriage.

Cole said that Clem showed her the video several weeks after her first encounter with Hogan.

"I immediately asked for it to stop," she said in a soft voice. "I don't remember a specific conversation. I do remember feeling very upset."

Cole said that to her knowledge, the other encounters with Hogan weren't filmed and that she didn't leak the video to Gawker — and doesn't know who did.

She also added that in her opinion, Hogan is someone who likes publicity.

Gawker Media founder Nick Denton testified that the website decided to post the Hogan sex video because "it showed Hogan as a person" and that the editorial team at Gawker deemed the minute, 41-second video newsworthy.

On Tuesday, Denton said that he did not see the video before his editor, A.J. Daulerio, posted it on the Gawker site in 2012. As founder of the media company, Denton said he was not involved in the day-to-day decisions of the editorial process.

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