Hulk Hogan, also known as Terry Bollea, is preparing to take Gawker to trial over a sex tape that they leaked. Hogan’s trial is set for July 6 in Florida and it is one of the first times that a celebrity, who is suing over a leaked sex tape, is getting a jury.
Gawker claimed that the sex tape features Hulk Hogan and Heather Clem, the ex-wife of radio personality and Hogan’s friend “Bubba the Love Sponge.” The story, which was published in 2012, received well over 2.5 million views and now Hogan is suing Gawker for $100 million.
Charles Harder, attorney for Hulk Hogan, spoke to Fox News.
“He [Hogan] has the right to be naked in a private bedroom without the world being permitted to watch. The First Amendment does not allow cameras into private [bedrooms] when the subject is not aware of it and does not consent to it—as happened to Mr. Bollea [Hogan]. Gawker and Denton do not have the right to turn bedroom walls into windows.”
Court documents are showing that Hogan is suing for injury, damage, harm, loss, anxiety, embarrassment, humiliation, shame, and server emotionally distress.
According to ABC News, Harder is seeking money for damages.
“We’re seeking monetary damages and a permanent injunction against the video.”
David Houston, another attorney for Hogan, said that they plan on fighting Gawker and will continue to fight them to protect basic values that everyone holds importantly. He added that it is time to put an end to the immoral bullies hiding behind the First Amendment.
President and General Manager of Gawker, Heather Dietrick, disagrees with Hulk Hogan and his lawyers, though. Dietick acknowledges that Gawker is in a bit of a pickle, but says that they have the First Amendment on their side.
She made a statement to Fox News.
“Here is this tape of this guy [Hogan] having sex with another man’s wife, with his blessings. No judgment from us. Gawker doesn’t care what you do in regard to that. But people should be able to know and make their own decisions as to what is going on in the whole world.”
As of right now, Hulk Hogan’s trial is in the hands of a jury, who can be swayed either way in the case. If Hogan is successful and manages to take Gawker down, it may just be the end of Gawker as we know it.
Do you think that Hulk Hogan has a right to be mad and sue Gawker? Or is Gawker just doing its job by informing the people of a Hogan’s life?