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this is "nightline." >> tonight, the $100 million sex tape lawsuit. >> whoever of your penis -- >> hulk hogan suing gawker for publishing this secretly recorded video. the former his signature moves in the ring is taking on a new opponent. we are inside the courthouse as the legal battle begins. and from hollywood to the the love story that defined the life of nancy reagan. she was a force in public and behind the scenes.e been a president reagan without his wife? >> doing everything we can. >> doing everything we can.
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good evening. many of us, myself included, remember watching hulk hogan's
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wrestle saw him fighting in an entirely different arena, in cort, on the stand, taking on the website gawker over a sex tape. it's a abc's linzie janis was right there. >> whoever wants to have sex with you -- it started out>> reporter: it's not often a precedent-setting implications. >> heather started walking in hand. >> reporter: also so >> and bubba walked in right behind us, okay, you guys, i'm going to go to my office, here'sorter: wwe superstar hulk hogan, whose real name is terry k the stand suit in his lawsuit against gawker. >> going to fying? >> going to tell the truth.
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for posting a 2007 tape ofng sex with eth heather klem, wife of his best friend. he's claiming he didn't know he was beingsn't the first time a celebrity sex tape has been leaked. pam anderson. paris hilton. have all seen tapes get out. but it's the first time one of these cases has ever gotten to trial. at stake, says gawker, could beent issues. it all began while hogan was shooting his reality show "hogan knows best." he says he and his wifeo drift apart. but he had a friend who he says always had his back. >> he was holding mypassed away. there was never any question of, you know, who he was or what he meant to me. was bubba klem, a popular shock jock in
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love sponge. his best friend proposed an unusual method to make him forget his troubles. >> heather wants to have sex with you, heatherize of your penis. it started out like that. >> reporter: heather was klem's wife. >> what did klem ask you and do your answer was? >> i said i would. >> reporter: hogan initially laughed it off. >> i knew they had an open marriage because he talked about it on the radio. i thought with metimes they talked about it, it kind of turned into a joke. >> reporter: at his lowest point he says he called his friend klem. >> she basically said, i'm filing for divorce.all bubba and was crying like a baby on the phone, broke down. bubba said, come over to the house, let's talk. i was so desperate i wentere. >> reporter: moments after hogan arrived, he says klem's wife grabbed his hand and led him up the stairs to the bedroom. >> from the feeling i had, t filming this, are you?
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the hell's wrong with you, i'm your iffing best friend, how dare you say that tor: five years later a tape of that night is posted by gawker as hogan is on a preplanned press tour. >> there's a tape of yourr. >> first off, i've never made a tape. >> you swear you were not in on this? >> i swear to god i wasn't. >> reporter: hogan didn't klem was in on this either until later that day. a bombshell. >> when they confirmed bubba was on the tape and bubba turned the camera off and bubba toldat this is for our retirement, heather -- i just started violently shaking. >> reporter: in a video deposition, heather maintains neither she nor hogan had any idea the encounter was being. >> to the best of your knowledge, mr. bollea had no idea there was a camera in the room at the time of your sexual rrect? >> yes. >> reporter: he later settled a lawsuit with klem who apologized for stating that hogan knew he
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was being taped. but hogan has refused to settlee. saying gawker, by publishing the tape, violated his privacy. >> they made a conscious decision to expose terry ked and gain engaged in sex and having private conversations in a private bedroom. >> reporter: hogan's lawyers portraying gawker's ceonton, seen here in an nbc interview, as being willing to >> is there any subject that's off limits? >> question sometimes and i try to -- i don't like to define the answer. >> they made a conscious decision to expose him in that e. >> reporter: gawker argued today the existence of the tape was already a story in the news. >> hulk hogan is suing to stop a conversation that he largelyery much a part
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>> reporter: and on cross examination, hogan taking hits. lawyers for the defense pointing out inconsistencies in his past >> were you being honest there, did you view a minute of the program? >> no, i did not. >> okay. you just told folks that? right?retty much i was on auto pilot. i had information from my attorney.t. i mean, i haven't seen the tape. >> reporter: but this isn't the only time hulk hogan has been filmed without his knowledge. three years after his sex tape another recording leaked. "the national enquirer" posted an audio clip of him calling his daughter brooke's l slur. he spoke to abc's amy robach in august last year. >> i was at the lowest point of my life. my personal life wasi was very mad at my daughter.
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i was upset over a situation that happened between her and her boyfriend. and i had no idea i was being s to the point where i wanted to kill myself. i was lost. >> you were suicidal? >> yes, i was. >> father's day card for brooke -- contrast from the hulk hogan on the reality show "hogan knows best" where he was protective of his. >> i'm almost 18 and i haven't had a boyfriend yet. >> that's good, that's the way i want it. >> reporter: his daughter finally started dating and in the tape he refers to him using the "n" word. >> are you a i'm not. i never should have said what i said. it was wrong. i'm embarrassed by it. >> reporter: the wwe fired hime leaked and wiped him from wwe history. >> i was totally shocked because i've worked with the wwe for off and on. all of a sudden everything i've done, my whole career, my whole life, was like it never happened. >> reporter: since then, hogan
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around, recommitted himself to d to jennifer mcdaniel, a relationship that he thinks the scandal may have endangered. >> i had no idea if mytionship and my life on a terry bollea level was going to survive. it's not that great right now.s the uneasy relationship between the media and the privacy of celebrities that is now on trial. both sides taking credit for landing some blows as they today. >> today was a very good day. >> terry was able to land exactly what happened, exactly how he felt about it. >> we heard hulk hogan say at times he plays the hulkr and doesn't seem to always tell the truth to his audience. we heard he says different things when he's terry bollea. >> reporter: tomorrow thentinued in the trial that so far seems more riveting than your average wwe event.
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and we need voters who want safer gun laws and who are disappointed in to remember come election time. i share president obama's outrage. leaders with the courage to stand up to the nra. i'm p.g. sittenfeld. in the senate, i'll fight for commonsense gun safety,und checks, ban assault weapons. i approve this message because ted strickland will never stand up to the nra. i will. today the president paid tribute to nancy reagan, the former first lady whoy at the age of 94. and tonight we take a look back
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her life.s moment, nancy reagan kissing the coffin of former president ronald reagan, that crystallized the love story that formed the super piece of her>> if a death can be peaceful and lovely, that one was a love story that played out in the public eye for more than half a century. and ranged from hollywood to the white house. >> howance in a marriage? >> i think it used to be that one of you thought that itverything had to be your way. or 50/50. it isn't always 50/50. >> what is it? >> sometimes it's 90/10. or he has to be willing to give the 90. but it's something you want to
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>> there'swonderful for a man than to approach his own doorstep knowing that someone on the other side of the door is listening for the sound of his >> reporter: they met in the early '50s when they were both movie stars. >> how do you know so much about the moon? >> i know a lot about it. my time looking at it when you're away. >> reporter: after they got married, nancy, a graduate of smith college, retired from acting, focusing on takingldren, patty and ron jr., as well as her two stepchildren, michael and maureen, from president reagan's firster love for him was so self-evident, it was inspiring and touching. >> reporter: bob cocheelo is author of "ronnie it was real and it's really what gave him i think the confidence and this optimism he was known to have. >> reporter: they had pet names
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she called him ronnie, her mommy. they sent one another intimate love letters like this one written by ronald reagan. my darling, i love you so very n't even mind that life made me wait so long to find you. the waiting only made the feeling sweeter. as ronald reagan rose through the political ranks, fromalifornia -- >> i, ronald reagan, do solemnly swear -- >> reporter: to the 40th president of the united states, nancy was his and fiercest defender. >> he was the visionary. he was the big picture guy. but she was the detail person. and she was the personnel director. she made sure he had goodhim. when they weren't good, she had to get rid of them. >> reporter: she even helped the president find the rightthing we can. >> doing everything we can. >> reporter: when reagan was shot two months into his
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>> i was a very good worrier. >> did he know how much you worried? >> i think so. >> reporter: awayty and policy concerns, nancy reagan also famously brought hollywood elegance and moxie to the role of first e is here to stay >> reporter: although she was criticized for her extravagance, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on house china. offers you do? >> just say no! >> reporter: as first lady she also made a mark with herey issues. her signature cause, the just say no campaign aimed at fighting alcohol and drug abuse. and when she was diagnosedcancer, she decided to share her struggle publicly. >> i couldn't possibly lead the kind of life i lead and keep theo having radiation or chemotherapy. there would be no way.
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>> reporter: but it was a health issue involving her husband that would consume much of her white house. in 1994 when the former president revealed he had alzheimer's disease, she became his sole caretaker. to take a stance in support of stem-cell research, later clashing with members of the republican party, including presidentsh for his opposition to it. >> you could save millions of people's lives if you really charged -cell. hopefully we will. >> reporter: his last few years, as nancy called them, "a long good-bye." >> ronnie stood before you andt he said might be his last speech. at a republican an emotional
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>> never forget your heroic ver fail to seek divine guidance. and never, never lose your natural god-given optimism.sident reagan passed away in 2004, she meticulously planned his funeral. but saying good-bye was clearly not y, one day after we learned of her death at age 94, it was the world paying tribute to nancy reagan. >> i know how much she meant,t to president reagan but to the country as a whole. he was lucky to have her. and i'm sure he'd be the first to acknowledge that. so she will beorter: her stepson michael tweeting, she has always wanted to be with heronny, now she's at peace. a sentiment that brought to mind this interview mrs. with abc's diane sawyer in which the former first lady recounted a conversation with the reverend billy graham.
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>> i just want you to tell me that when i go, that going to be there waiting for me. and he said, oh, yes. absolutely, ancy reagan's funeral will be held this friday at the reagan library in simi valley, california. up next here one stunning admission today from maria sharapova, the tennis star and the doping scandal. opping for an suv? well, this is the time. and your ford dealer is the place, to get 0% financing for 60 months on a ford suv. that's right. just and expedition... are available with 0% financing for 60 months. ford suvs. designed to help you be unstoppable.america's best selling brand. but hurry, 0% financing for 60 months on ford suvs is a
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sharapova, star athlete, sex symbol -- and now something much more controversial.ick watt. >> reporter: the highest-paid female athlete on our planet. model, entrepreneur, olympic medalist. this afternoon in a los angeles hotel, a bombshell froma. >> a few days ago i received a letter from the itf that i had failed a drug te i take full responsibility for it. i made a huge mistake. >> reporter: sharapova is sponsored by porsche.. until they suspended their deal late tonight. could join the list of fallenjones, alex rodriguez, lance armstrong, who finally fessed up to oprah. >> did you ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling performance? >> yes. >> reporter: sharapova tested for something called meldonium, only added to the ban
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the darling of tennis now on the defense. >> i was given this medicine byr for several health issues that i was having back in 2006. i was getting sick a lot. as well as indications of diabetes. it made me healthy yes continued to take it. >> reporter: officials claim it could boost performance, that's why they banned it. sharapova doesn't deny taking it but claims she had no ideaw outlawed. >> i know many of you thought that i would be retiring today. but if i was ever going to announce my retirement, it would probably not be in a downtownles hotel with this fairly ugly carpet. >> reporter: sharapova is provisionally suspended, is cooperating, and will likely appeal any you. >> reporter: i'm nick watt for "nightline" in los angeles. >> thanks to nick watt for that report. our thanks to you for watching.
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