The Latest: Founder of Gawker Media testifies in Hogan case

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Posted: Mar 15, 2016 10:58 AM
The Latest: Founder of Gawker Media testifies in Hogan case

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of wrestler Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against the New York-based website Gawker (all times local):

10:55 a.m.:

The founder of Gawker Media underwent a bruising cross-examination by a lawyer for former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan as trial continued for a second week in Hogan's lawsuit over a sex video.

At one point Tuesday morning, attorney Kenneth Terkel had Nick Denton read aloud the explicit post that accompanied the video posted on Gawker.

Under Terkel's combative questioning, Denton read to the jury a post describing Hogan's sex with the wife of his then-best friend, Bubba The Love Sponge Clem.

Denton also testified that he gave no consideration to whether Hogan would be harmed by the publishing of the video, and that it "stands the test of time" and is newsworthy.

Hogan is suing Gawker for $100 million for posting the video. He contends it invaded his privacy.

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4:28 a.m.:

The founder of Gawker Media is scheduled for a second day on the witness stand in the Hulk Hogan sex video trial.

Nick Denton will be questioned by Gawker's lawyers Tuesday and will likely be cross-examined by Hogan's lawyers as well.

On Monday, Denton spoke about his rise in the publishing world and how he founded Gawker.

Former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan is suing Gawker for $100 million for posting an edited video of Hogan having sex with his then-best friend's wife. Hogan said he didn't know he was being filmed at the time of the encounter. He maintains it was an invasion of his privacy.

The civil trial is being held in St. Petersburg. This is the second week of testimony.