Hulk Hogan testifies in $100 million sex-tape lawsuit

Hulk Hogan Sextape Trial Gets Underway Today

Hulk Hogan took the stand in court on Monday to testify in his $100 million lawsuit against Gawker, covering a variety of topics during his time on the stand.

Hogan (real name: Terry Bollea) filed suit against Gawker after the news and gossip outlet posted video of the wrestler having sex with the wife of his friend, Florida radio DJ Bubba the Love Sponge (real name: Todd Clem).

The wrestler claims that his privacy was violated by the publication of the tape. Gawker, meanwhile, claims that its 2013 publication of the video is protected under the First Amendment.

During his time on the stand Monday, Bollea, dressed in a black bandana and dark suit, was questioned about his childhood ambitions such as music, and his humble beginnings in wrestling.

During his testimony Bollea also discussed the physicality involved in pro wrestling, and the nature of his Hulk Hogan character, which he referred to as "the all-American guy" and "larger than life."

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Hulk Hogan testifies in $100 million sex-tape lawsuit

He also discussed fans' requests for autographs and selfies, noting, "I pride myself on not turning my fans down."

The wrestler sought to distinguish his wrestling character from his actual personality, noting, "Terry Bollea is a normal person; wrestling is his job." He went on to call himself "pretty soft-spoken to a fault."

Bollea added that he is currently not friends with Clem, but went into detail about his past relationship with Todd Clem. The wrestler said that, when he first heard Clem on the radio, he "could not stand him," and characterized his on-air personality as "nasty" and "overbearing." However, Bollea said, he came around when he discovered that Clem was respectful when not in character on-air. Bollea recalled Clem being with him and his father as his father drew his last breaths.

"I believed in my heart he was my best friend," Bollea said of Clem.

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