Most potential jurors know few details about Hulk Hogan and his sex tape, even less about Gawker Media
ST. PETERSBURG — Terry Bollea, aka ex-professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, may have gotten his start in the Tampa Bay area, but that does not mean locals are willing to give him a hometown son's advantage.
On Wednesday, the second day in the week-long process of selecting a jury for Bollea's $100 million defamation trial against a New York-based media company, jurors were admonished to refrain from researching the case, or following news of its goings-on. But for many, there was little cause for concern — in interview after interview, jurors said they barely knew anything about Hogan, one of the area's few celebrities, and even less about the defendant, Gawker Media.
Of course, they were aware he was a famous wrestler. They had seen him in his electric red and yellow costume. Some had even idolized him when they were growing up.
But when they were questioned about the less savory aspects of the Hulkster's life — the messy divorce, the son who went to prison, or the sex tape at the center of the lawsuit — the details were a blur. READ MORE...
– Anna Phillips, Times Staff Writer