“One of the more surreal First Amendment trials in American history started this week in Florida,” The New York Times reports. “The wrestler Hulk Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, is demanding a $100 million settlement from Gawker, the news website, over an excerpt from a video it published, of Mr. Bollea having sex with the wife of a friend, a radio shock jock known as Bubba the Love Sponge.”
Hogan — or Bollea — is accusing Gawker of violating his privacy, and his argument makes a distinction between when he is Bollea, the private citizen, and when he is the bigger-than-life Hulkster.
“Part of Mr. Bollea’s testimony has been positively Cartesian,” The Times reports. “It has rested on when exactly he is Mr. Bollea, a 62-year-old man who by his own admission has trouble making friends, and when he is Hulk Hogan, the wrestling champion, in which guise, he testified Monday, he has claimed to have ‘body-slammed Moby Dick and pulled a bumper off a Cadillac.’”
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