Hometown advantage could play in Hulk's favor at trial

- A jury has been seated in the Hulk Hogan sex tape trial against celebrity gossip site Gawker, but Gawker says Hogan has a huge home field advantage in this legal fight.

Juror after juror seemed to sympathize with the wrestling star.

"He was suing somebody over a video tape on the Internet," said another possible juror.

"I remember him having a wrestling career. My little brother was a fan and watched wrestling," another said.

Others cut him some slack for using racial slurs in the sex tape.

Hogan is a hometown boy and it could play to his advantage, but others seem more concerned with his actions.  

"I idolized him growing up. I was a big wrestling fan," said a potential juror. "That exposure to his private life maybe lessen my opinion of him a bit."

Hogan is  suing Gawker for posting a clip of a sex tape involving him and Heather Clem, the wife of Bubba the Love Sponge. The two are now divorced, but at the time, Bubba reportedly allowed his best friend to have a sexual rendezvous with his wife.

However, Hogan says he felt betrayed when he learned Bubba secretly recorded it.

The tape was leaked to Gawker and it stand by its decision to release it, claiming Hogan went on radio shows and bragged about his sex life. Gawker sees the tape as fair game and a First Amendment issue.

Hogan says his privacy was violated and Gawker should pay him $100 million.

Some jurors found the whole thing distasteful.

"It seems a bit slimy. It's my opinion," a possible juror said.

The trial starts Monday and is expected to last three weeks.

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