Gawker owner said he did not consider impact of releasing tape

- Tuesday was another graphic day of testimony in the hulk Hogan sex tape trial.

Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, is suing celebrity gossip site Gawker for $100 million for violating his privacy.

Tuesday, the owner of Gawker, Nick Denton took the stand and gave no apologies.

He said he stands by his decision to post a clip of the Hogan sex tape. He was also asked to read a graphic account of what the sex tape shows that was written by his top editor.

Under cross examination, Hogan’s attorney tried to show Denton was callous and heartless, and never considered how posting the video and story would affect Bollea or his family.

After being asked if he considered how posting the video might impact Bollea - Denton and Bollea's attorney exchanged comments on the journalistic process behind Gawker's story. 

Denton: "I think doing the job of a journalist would be unbearable if one was always to put oneself in the shoes of a subject." 

Attorney: "Right, but we're not talking about a mayor smoking crack here, are we Mr. Denton?" 

Denton: "No, we're talking about a world famous celebrity." 

Attorney: "Having sex in a private bedroom with a friend, right?"

Denton: "Uh, with a friend, with the husband watching, yeah." 

Attorney: "Right, absolutely. Absolutely. Again, you never gave any consideration as to whether the publication of this posting would be upsetting to Mr. Bollea, did you?" 

Denton: "No, we didn't." 

Bubba the Love Sponge is expected to answer questions under oath sometime Wednesday, but he's expected to take the Fifth.

The trial will likely wrap up this week.

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