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Trump wades into issue of Hulk Hogan sex tape and libel law

Published Mar. 23, 2016

The Hulk Hogan sex tape trial in St. Petersburg has captured presidential aspirant Donald Trump's attention in the arena of libel law.

The Tampa Bay Times' Katie Mettler takes a look:

If the trial over a secretly filmed celebrity sex tape involving gossip website Gawker, professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, Tampa radio shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem and Bubba's model ex-wife, Heather, weren't enough, we can now add Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump to this story.

On Monday, Trump mentioned the case in a conversation with the editorial board of The Washington Post.

About 17 minutes into the interview, Post publisher Frederick Ryan Jr., pressed Trump on an issue the businessman has touted repeatedly throughout his campaign: libel laws.

"Mr. Trump," Ryan began, according to a transcript, "you've mentioned many times during the campaign, in fact including this morning, instances you feel where the press has been biased or unfair or outright false in their reporting, and you've mentioned that you want to 'open up' the libel laws. You've said that several times."

Trump responded: "I might not have to, based on Gawker. Right?"

Wrong. Actually, very wrong.

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