Gawker's former editor says courtroom with sex tape comment

The Hogan-Gawker trial continues to generate interesting headlines

Justin Carissimo
New York
Thursday 10 March 2016 18:29 GMT
AJ Daulerio, Gawker's former editor-in-chief, appears in court.
AJ Daulerio, Gawker's former editor-in-chief, appears in court. (John Pendygraft/Tampa Bay Times/Associated Press)

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AJ Daulerio, Gawker's former editor-in-chief, shocked a Florida courtroom on Wednesday when he sarcastically said that nearly all celebrity sex tapes are fair game — unless the subject is four-years-old.

Daulerio is a key witness in Hulk Hogan’s $100 million lawsuit against Gawker Media for publishing a sextape with his former bestfriend's wife back in 2012.

Lawyers for Hogan, whose goverment name is Terry Bollea, played a videotaped deposition on Wednesday where Daulerio was asked if he could “imagine a situation where a celebrity sex tape would not be newsworthy?”

“If they were a child,” Daulerio replies.

“Under what age?” the lawyer asks.

“Four,” Daulerio said sarcastically in the clip recorded last April.

Gawker Media later issued a statement to The New York Times saying that Daulerio was sarcastic.

"He'd just said in the prior answer that he wouldn't post a tape of a child and when the question was repeated he obviously made the point in a flip way, because his answer was already clear," the statement read.

Gawker's lawyers have argued that the company is protected by the First Amendment because Hogan is a public figure.

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