Six-time WWE champion Hulk Hogan and the gossip website Gawker are finally taking their battle over the release of Hogan’s sex tape to court. Back in 2012, Gawker had published a snippet of a sex tape that featured Hogan with Heather Cole, the ex-wife of his ex-friend Bubba the Love Sponge Clem.
According to a report in USA Today, Hogan is seeking $100 million from Gawker, claiming that his privacy was violated. The publication has responded by saying that Hogan had made the topic a matter of public interest, by talking openly about his sex life right before the video was leaked. Gawker’s lawyers are therefore citing the First Amendment in their defense, since the sex tape was already in the news before they released it to the public.
According to the report, Gawker founder Nick Denton has said that their “readers have the right” to get the correct story.
I care about the readers having the right to know both sides of a story. Readers should also have the right to get the story behind the celebrity story.
According to CNN Money, Hogan’s lawyers are not happy with the defense trying to cite the First Amendment, and are comparing Hogan’s case to Erin Andrews’ current legal battle. The sportscaster is in the process of suing the Nashville Marriott for allegedly enabling a stalker who filmed her in the nude through a peep-hole.
Hogan’s attorney Charles Harder has said that he finds it “interesting” that the public “are so in favor” of Andrews, while his client is being treated in a “different way.”
What’s interesting is that I get this sense that the public and media are so in favor of Erin Andrews. But for some reason, Hulk Hogan gets treated a different way. Can you imagine if the guy who filmed Erin Andrews cited the First Amendment?