Former Gawker editor-in-chief A.J. Daulerio on Wednesday defended his decision to post a sex tape involving Hulk Hogan, sarcastically giving his opinion of the cutoff age for the newsworthiness of a celebrity sex tape.
"If they were a child," Daulerio said in a videotaped deposition shown Wednesday. "Four."
A Gawker spokeswoman later said that Daulerio, a Horsham native, wouldn't publish a sex tape "of any child" and "made the point in a flip way."
Hogan is currently suing the website in a Florida court for $100 million, claiming that the sex tape was recorded without his knowledge. Further, Hogan says that Gawker's publication of the tape traumatized him and caused him setbacks professionally.
Daulerio, however, told the court Wednesday in a separate testimony that even if he knew the tape was recorded without Hogan's consent, he still would have posted it.
"I enjoyed watching the video and found it very amusing," he said. "I thought it was newsworthy and worth discussing and putting on the site."
Hogan, for his part, told the court Tuesday that there is a distinction between Hulk Hogan the character and Terry Bollea the man. As such, the boasting about his sex life in question in the trial, he says, was done by the character Hulk Hogan.
The video, which shows Hogan having sex with the then-wife of former friend Bubba the Love Sponge, therefore violated him on a private level, Hogan argues. As a result of his reasoning, Hogan told the court that he lied about the length of his penis in a 2006 interview.