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Hulk Hogan Sues Gawker AGAIN, This Time For Leaking Transcript in Which He Uses Racial Slurs
Hulk Hogan just won a whopping $140 million invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against Gawker Media back in March, so you might think he’s had his fill of vengeance. But no. The Hulkster is suing Gawker again. This time he’s accusing Gawker of “intentionally inflicting emotional distress” by leaking a transcript from the infamous sex tape in which Hogan uses racial slurs.
You remember the racial slurs, right? They are what got Hulk Hogan fired from the WWE and every mention of him erased from their website.
Here, refresh your memory:
“I don’t know if Brooke was f***ing the black guy’s son. I mean, I don’t have double standards. I mean, I am a racist, to a point, f***ing n******. But then when it comes to nice people and sh*t, and whatever. I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f*** some n*****, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n***** worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player!I guess we’re all a little racist. F***ing n*****.”
These comments, recorded in 2007, were first published by the National Enquirer last July. Hogan’s lawyers allege that Gawker intended to use the transcript of Hogan’s comments as leverage so he would drop his lawsuit against them over the publications of his sex tape. They also allege that, since Gawker could not publish the transcript itself due to a court order, editors leaked the transcript to the National Enquirer.
Hogan’s evidence? The fact that Gawker founder Nick Denton wrote that Hogan’s “real secret” would be revealed, and the fact that editor A. J. Daulerio tweeted about the article 14 minutes after it was published.
Would I put it past Gawker? Absolutely not. But it’s going to take a smoking gun to win this lawsuit, especially given the previous $140 million ruling.
Hat Tip – [New York Times]