Okay, so remember a while back when Gawker posted a clip of the infamous Hulk Hogan sex tape? Yes… of course you do; it was unforgettable… and unforgivable. Well Hogan made good on his promises to sue the website and he wants $100,000,000 for ‘severe and irreparable injury’ as well as the name of the individual who leaked the tape to Gawker. Originally, the Hulk was also suing his former friend Bubba The Love Sponge (yup), whose wife was the lovely young lady in the video. But Bubba issued an apology and claimed he had no idea his wife and Hogan were being taped, so Hulk settled with him out of court. Not so much for the gossip site, Gawker. Hulk Hogan is moving forward with his suit against them (and Bubba’s wife Heather Clem) Click inside to see what Gawker has to say.
TMZ has the report:
Gawker has filed a response to Hulk’s $100,000,000 lawsuit against the website … begging the judge to throw out the case because they had a journalistic right to publish the 1 minute 41 second clip.
In the docs, Gawker claims Hulk had already admitted he was an adulterer in a book he released in 2009 … so the video couldn’t have caused any more harm to his already sullied reputation.
Gawker also claims the website shouldn’t be on the hook for invading Hulk’s privacy because it didn’t record the tape … it just distributed a small amount of the footage, which it believed to be newsworthy because Hulk is a world famous celebrity.
Gawker also says it shouldn’t have to reveal the identity of the person who leaked the footage to the website — despite Hulk’s demands — citing laws that protect the news sources.
A judge has yet to rule.
I know many of you would rather forget about everything and anything having to do with the Hulk Hogan sex tape, but the legal drama is kind of interesting! I’m very curious to find out how the judge rules. Gawker did eventually take the tape down, although hella people saw it first (some of you included… and me), so it’s hard to say how much damage they really did to his rep. And it’s not like we were all sitting around thinking Hulk Hogan was, like, this super sweet, super perfect dude. But we also didn’t know how he has sex… and how he likes to talk about when he last ate and what a pig he is, after he’s finished. Awkward. Do you guys think Hulk has any right to sue?0