This year’s biggest legal battle just became a two-out-of-three falls match as Hulk Hogan once again sues Gawker after his massive victory over the site network back in March. The man best known for body-slamming Andrew the Giant at WrestleMania III and leading the New World Order is seeking further damages. But will Gawker “hulk up” and take this battle into the rubber match?
For those who need a refresher, Hulk Hogan (real name Terry Bollea) sued Gawker for $100.0 million in damages after the site posted footage of the Hulkster having sex with the then-wife of his then-friend, Florida radio personality “Bubba the Love Sponge” (with his consent), along with an article debasing Hogan. Claiming defamation, loss of privacy, and emotional suffering, Hulkamania ran wild on Gawker with the company and the editor who published the video. Hogan won the lawsuit with $140.0 million, of which $115.0 million was in compensatory damages and $25.0 million in punitive damages. The impressive payday was partially thanks to Gawker’s horrible defense, which included arguing that a sex tape of a child would be “newsworthy.”
Gawker said it would appeal this decision, but it may want to hold off for now. That’s because Hogan is once again suing the company, this time because he believes the blog network leaked sealed court documents. The documents in question were given to the National Enquirer and featured Hogan using the N-word and saying racist things in regards to his daughter’s black ex-boyfriend. These comments led to the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) firing Hogan, who served as a company ambassador of sorts due to being not longer physically able to compete.
The suit names not only Gawker but also two DJs, a radio company, a talent agent, and a lawyer of planning to send the sex tape to other media groups, leading to further stress and harm. As of this writing, all sites under the Gawker banner continue to operate as normal despite the previous ruling.