Posted by TNA Wrestling News Staff on Nov 15, 2012
Hulk Hogan Suffers Setback In Sex Tape Lawsuit

Hulk Hogan Suffers Setback In Sex Tape Lawsuit

Hulk Hogan has had his request to compel Gawker to immediately remove footage of his sex tape shot down. A federal judge in Florida ruled against Hogan’s request, agreeing with Gawker’s defense that the footage is newsworthy because of Hogan’s celebrity status. The judge, James D. Whittemore, also said that Hogan’s constant publicizing of his private life via his reality show and autobiography contributed to the decision, writing:

“Plaintiff’s public persona, including the publicity he and his family derived from a television reality show detailing their personal life, his own book describing an affair he had during his marriage, prior reports by other parties of the existence and content of the Video, and Plaintiff’s own public discussion of issues relating to his marriage, sex life, and the Video all demonstrate that the Video is a subject of general interest and concern to the community.”

The footage depicts Hogan having sex with Bubba the Love Sponge’s then-wife Heather Clem. No ruling has yet been made regarding the $100 million lawsuit itself; this was simple regarding Hogan’s request for a preliminary injunction against the video.

Here is an article from TMZ.com regarding this:

Hulk Hogan’s sex tape will STAY ON THE INTERNET … at least for the foreseeable future — because a judge has just denied the wrestler’s bid to yank it from the web ASAP.

You’ll recall, Hulk sued Gawker for $100 million for publishing his sex tape — and filed a preliminary motion demanding Gawker take the tape down immediately, while the case makes its way through the court system.

But today, a judge refused to order Gawker to do squat — ruling Hulk failed to prove the website wasn’t within its First Amendment rights to post the video in the first place.

Moreover, the judge wrote, “This is an example of where the proverbial ‘cat is out of the bag'” … i.e. everyone on the planet’s already seen the tape, so it’s too late to protect Hulk’s privacy.

That said, the judge could still decide to order Gawker to remove the tape if Hulk were to win the case at the end of the day.

But after today’s order, it doesn’t look good …


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6 Responses to “Hulk Hogan Suffers Setback In Sex Tape Lawsuit”

  1. Peckar says:

    Why aren't TNA using this as an angle? Who wouldn't love Aries to strut out there and make some kind of reference to the sex tape. As the story says, the cat is already out of the bag. Have some fun with it.

    • tnadude says:

      Dude, that's f*d up, man. This is the man's life. Even the President of the United States deserves some privacy.

      The only reason to do that would be if this whole thing was just an angle to begin with. If that's the case, shame on Hogan (& Bubba & TNA) for wasting tax-payer money. We have enough of that already.

      • Peckar says:

        Are you serious? lmao The guy has a sex tape that has gone viral. Privacy, what privacy? Bill Clinton was made fun of for years for his indiscretions. Who cares? People still love him. Every interview he does to promote TNA they ask about the tape anyway. Use it. Create some controversy that EB always goes on about. Suck it up fanboy 😉

        • tnadude says:

          Yes, I'm dead serious. People do make fun of Bill Clinton for his indiscretions, and rightfully so. But they never put a videotape of his p3nis on the internet – nor should they.

          Clinton's a public figure and has to deal with the repercussions of his actions. So does Hogan.

          There are lines in this world, and boundaries that should not be crossed. If Hogan wants to keep it personal, then that's his prerogative and we should respect it.

          There's no reason to exploit it.

          • Peckar says:

            If you have sex with your best mates Mrs, I think all boundaries have already been crossed lol. This is TNA wrestling. Not Hogan's rock n roll rasslin. He is not the boss. Taking the piss out of him is entertaining. All the radio shows over here in Australia have already done it. I guess the same goes for the rest of the world. Roll with it. Its not like it is going to do any more damage than he has already been done by himself.

  2. TwIsTeD_EnEmY says:

    I see where the judge is coming from. I mean, if TMZ or whatever pulled it from their website, its likely someone else would put it back up somewhere else.

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