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♪ oh yes such a perfect day this is "nightline." chaos in chicago. donald trump abruptly cancels a campaign rally amid security concerns in chicago. thousands of protesters and supporters take to the streets as tensions rise in the windy city. has the tough talk gone too far? body slamming. hulk hogan takes on "gawker" over a leaked sex tape. the plaintiff rests its case in the $100 million courtroom drama. the star witness having a tough week. >> it started off like that. >> where does hulk mania end and privacy begin? first the "nightline 5." >> for the best deals get to lumber liquidators spring flooring sale. all laminate is 10% to 20% off. popular styles from 39 cents.
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good evening. thank you for join us. tonight a chaotic scene and the latest flash pint of the donald trump campaign to win the white house. a concern for safety trumped trump's campaigning in chicago forcing the gop front run tore call off his campaign rally. what the tough-talking billionaire is saying wabout it. here's abc's david wright. >> reporter: tonight in chicago a college campus suddenly
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erupted. police and protesters doing battle because political tensions have reached a boiling point. it all started inside the university of illinois pavilion where 10,000 had gathered to see donald trump. not all of them trump supporters. then as abrupt pronouncement. >> for the safety of the tens of thousands that have gathered in and around the arena, tonight's rally will be postponed until another date. thank you very much for your attendance and please go in peace. >> reporter: instead -- all hell broke loose. >> [ bleep ]! >> we want trump, we want trump! >> reporter: the clash continued even as the crowd spill the out onto the streets.
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tonight trump on msnbc blamed it on people angry at washington. >> we are a country that's so divided that maybe even you don't understand it. i've never seen anything like it. >> reporter: then he told cnn he's only seen love at his rallies. >> nobody's been hurt at our rallies. >> reporter: the tension between trump lovers and trump hat haters building for weeks. >> get out of here. out. >> reporter: fayetteville, north carolina, a demonstrator being escorted out of a rally got sucker punched by a 78-year-old man. john mcgraw told "inside edition" he'd be tempted to throw more than an elbow. >> the next time we see him we might have to kill him. >> reporter: he's now charged with assault and battery. initially the crowd did nothing to stop him. protester told abc affiliate wtvd he was there peacefully and aside from protesting, he did nothing to provoke the man. >> it feels the other way around it would have been a different story. >> reporter: at that same rally other protesters were attacked
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by other trump supporters. >> wow. >> reporter: the candidate himself accused of stoking the anger of his crowds. >> we're not allowed to punch back anymore. i love the old days. you know what they used to do to guys like that in a place like this? they'd be carried out on a stretcher. if you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you, seriously. like to punch him in the face, i tell you. >> reporter: at this week's cnn debate, trump rejected the idea he is in any way to blame. >> i will say this. we have 25,000, 30,000 people, 85 seen it yourself, people come with tremendous passion and love for the country. when they see protest in this cases -- you're mentioning one case which i haven't seen, i've heard about it, which i don't like. when they see what's going on in this country, they have anger that's unbelievable. >> reporter: trump's opponents are making hay over this.
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earlier today marco rubio accused trump of inciting the crowds. >> there's only one presidential candidate who has violence at their events. and i do think donald needs tos. and take responsibility for the fact that some of the rhetoric he has used could potentially be contributing to this environment. that is growing increasingly disturbing for a growing number of americans. tonight ted cruz called it a sad day for political discourse. >> when you have a campaign that affirmatively encourages violence, when you have a campaign that is facing allegations of physical violence against members of the press, you create an environment that only encourages this sort of nasty discourse. >> reporter: tonight trump insists he's the victim. >> all of the trump supporters have been really treated unfairly because first amendment says we have a right to speak. we have a friendly rally, we
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have a right to speak. and we were stopped from having that right of freedom of speech. >> reporter: tonight the u.s. secret service and the chicago police both insist they didn't pull the plug on this rally, nor would they have recommended doing so. the decision to cancel, they say, is trump's and trump's alone. protesters did accomplish what they set out to do. the guy who was pulled off that podium spoke with abc's chicago affiliate wls before the whole thing kicked off. >> i can't speak for anybody else but the hatred, the bigotry, the racism that he has, that he has promoted, is going to get a great interruption by a lot of people. we're very upset at his agenda. >> reporter: tonight campus police ended up separating the two sides, the trump supporters contained in a parking garage, the protesters outside. keep in mind, this was just a trump rally. the gop establishment is now talking openly about contesting
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a trump nomination at this summer's national party convention. the last time that happened? was in chicago. 1968. and it looked like this. look familiar? 1968 america seemed on the verge of civil war. tonight the republican party sure does. i'm david wright for "nightline" in new york. up next, hulk hogan's $100 million legal battle with gawker heats up. and a look back at the life of nancy reagan as she's laid to rest today. i use what's already inside me to reach my goals. so i liked when my doctor told me i may reach my blood sugar and a1c goals by activating what's within me. with once-weekly trulicity. trulicity is not insulin. it helps activate my body to do what it's supposed to do
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hulk hogan could hold his own in the ring. how about the courtroom? the wrestler's in the midst of a $100 million legal battle with the website gawker over a leaked sex tape. his former wife says he doesn't deserve a penny. here's abc's linsey i janice. >> reporter: if you've ever felt the wrestling matches weren't exactly on the up and up, here's one hogan matchup where the outcome is for once completely up in the air. >> you didn't ask them to see the sex tape they had, did you? >> no, sir, i did not. >> reporter: day five of the sensational trial pitting the former wwe star against gawker. >> heather wants to have sex with you. it started out like that. >> reporter: hogan, real name terry bolea, suing the gossip site for posting a portion of a 2007 tape of him having sex with heather klem, then-wife of his
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former best friend bubba the love sponge. >> heather started walking in the bedroom pulling my hand. >> reporter: hogan seeking $100 million for the allege ed invasn of privacy claiming he didn't know he was being filmed. >> there's a tape of you [ bleep ]ing heather -- >> i've never made a tape. >> reporter: gawker arguing he's a public figure and they enjoy first amendment rights to cover private matters about public fig use. >> this case is about a news organization's ability to join a national conversation on a topic that's in the news. and this particular case, hulk hogan spent years talking in graphic detail about his sex life. >> reporter: gawker not the only ones lacing into the action-wrestler. >> he has no regret. he has no shame in his game. >> reporter: how long can's ex-wife linda telling "inside edition" this week she doesn't believe he deserves a dime in his lawsuit against gawker. >> i want the world to know how i feel about him. i don't know how he could do this to his family, to his
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peers, to the world. >> reporter: today hogan's lawyers arguing this isn't about hogan's morals but gawker's, putting its culture on trial, reading e-mails between a.j. delario, then editor in chief, and a young woman pleading to have gawker take down a video showing her having sex. >> in her e-mail she writes, i am the girl in it, and it was stolen from me and put up without my permission. >> reporter: he later writes to the young woman. >> it's not getting taken down, it's a dumb mistake you made, happens to the best of us. >> reporter: ultimately the tape was taken down. >> the more evidence that they can present that gawker leaders behaved badly or recklessly, the better chance they have of getting a big verdict from this jury. >> reporter: the defense making the argument that hogan's sex life is fair game because he's discussed it publicly before.
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>> i got a size 15 -- wear a size 15 ring. figure it out. two-thirds the size of your feet and hands. >> reporter: playing a radio show clip where hogan discusses the size of his machinehood with shock jock bubba the love sponge. >> you're claiming maybe to have a 10-inch [ bleep ]? >> reporter: hogan's team bringing out claims of their own. >> 28.9% change in value is attributable to the hulk sex tape. >> reporter: the internet expert testifying gawker made $15.4 million from posting the sex tape. gauger disputes that. >> today's testimony is focusing how much this jury award, if they believe gawker should be found liable. i don't believe for a second that gawker made $15 million plus just on having this tape. >> reporter: the man behind the
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post, that same editor in chief at the time, a.j. delario. here in a recorded deposition saying he received it from an anonymous source. >> i enjoyed watching the video. i found it very amusing. >> reporter: lawyers asking him, is there any celebrity sex tape he wouldn't consider newsworthy? >> if they were a client. >> reporter: gawker calling the remark flip, made only after he said he wouldn't post a tape of a child. >> while he may have been flip, he may have been sarcastic, he may not have meant it at all, when you're in a deposition, your words matter. and your words can be used against you. >> reporter: did lawyers asking gawker founder nick denton whether he thought posting the video would be distressing to hogan. >> no, i didn't. >> why not? >> because my job is to disseminate information.
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and that's our social function. >> reporter: brows through and on its front page, mostly political coverage. noticeably missing are the more salacious stories the site was once famous for. hogan's team put a journal improve soar on the stand, mike foley, university of florida, who testified that gawker is practicing unethical journalism. lawyers for gawker tried to body slam him. >> you were a reporter for only three years. not been a reporter since 1973. correct? >> that's approximately correct. >> reporter: and even seemed to get him to agree with some points of their argument. >> gossip columnists. they too are protected under our first amendment, even if you don't think they're doing good journalism, right? >> free dochlt press. freedom of the press. >> reporter: the beginning started when hogan was in the midst of shooting a reality show called "hogan knows best."
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he says he and then wife linda drifted apart but he had a friend he says always had his back. >> he was holding my father as my father passed away. so there was never any question of, you know, who he was or what he meant to me. >> reporter: his name, bubba klem. the shock jock in florida. hogan says his best friend proposed an unusual method to make him forget his troubles. >> heather wants to have sex with you, heather wants to see the size of your [ bleep ]. it started out like that. >> reporter: heather was klem's wife. >> klem asked you, and do you recall your answer? >> i said i would. >> reporter: hogan said he laughed it off. >> i knew they had an open marriage because he talked about it on the radio. but i thought with me it was so many times they talked about it, it kind of turned into a joke. >> reporter: but at his lowest point he says he called his friend. >> she basically said, i'm filing for divorce. all i did was called bubba,
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crying like a baby on the phone, i broke down. when bubba says, come over to the house, let's talk, you know. i was just so desperate i went over there. >> reporter: moments after hogan arrived, he says clem's wife grabbed his hand and led him up the stairs to the bedroom. >> from the feeling i had, bubba, you're not filming this, are you? and he just lashed into me, what the hell's wrong with you, i'm your f'ing best friend, how dare you say that to me. >> reporter: five years later a tape of that night is posted by gawker. hogan says he didn't even believe his friend clem was in on this either until later that day. a bombshell. >> when they confirmed that bubba was on the tape and bubba went up and turned the camera off and bubba told heather that, this is for our retirement, heather. i just started violently shaking. >> he later settled a lawsuit with clem, who apologized for stating that hogan knew he was being taped. but hogan has refused to settle this one saying gawker, by publishing the tape, violated his privacy.
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>> they made a conscious decision to expose terry bolea naked and engaged in sex and having private conversations in a private bedroom. >> i think it's a very hard argument to make to say, i'm entitled to my privacy when i decide to be terry bolea. as opposed to hulk hogan. >> reporter: but now his private life, for better or worse, back in the limelight as his legal team rests its case. >> how do you feel mentally after this week? >> toughest workout i've ever had. >> reporter: and it's not over yet. the battle continues next week as the defense presents their case. for "nightline," i'm linsey january sister in st. petersburg, florida. next, we celebrate the life of former first lady nancy reagan. the look of the unbreakable bond with he is beloved ronnie. together is great...
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finally tonight, former first lady nancy reagan was laid to rest today. yes there were tears. but even thmore testimonials of life between a wife and husband, a good life lived well. >> reporter: it was a tribute to the lady in red and the legendary love story in the white house. nancy reagan was 94 and in many ways the 1,000 attendees were re-introduced to the presidential couple. president reagan wrote those famous love letters, some of which nancy reagan later published, one read by former canadian prime minister brian maroney.
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>> she loves to laugh and her laugh is like tinkling bells. i hear those bells and feel good all over. >> reporter: journalists and celebrities, from tom selleck to mr. t., who joined nancy reagan in her "just say no" campaign. remember that photo of her on his lap? in the front row families of current and former white house residents arranged just as nancy reagan had planned it. first lady michelle obama seated right next to president george w. bush and former first lady laura bush. hillary clinton and laura bush sharing a knowing look over anecdotes of nancy reagan's fierce defense of "her ronnie." >> as a couple they were more than the sum of their parts. it would be a mistake to consider her somehow subordinate to him just because he was the one usually taking center stage. they were co-equals. they complemented one another. >> reporter: in their eulogies, her children and especially daughter patty focused not on her love for them but her love for the president.
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>> my parents were two halves of a circle. closed tight around a world in which their love for each other was the only sustenance they needed. >> reporter: our own diane sawyer remembered a needlepoint at nancy reagan's home. >> i know the words were clearly from president reagan and it said something like this. if you must leave, could you just take me with you? >> reporter: after the ceremony, her casket was taken out to the gravesite of president reagan and this evening it is being laid to rest in the ground there beside him. as she requested. so close as though they could hold hands. for "nightline," i'm matt gutman in simi valley, california. >> in a christmas day letter to his wife in 1981, president reagan wrote in part, i don't sleep well if you're not there. always be there. how sweet the notion that tonight they are together again. thank you for watching abc news. tune into "good morning america"
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