Hulk Hogan Wrestles With Gawker Lawsuit
Ellisha Rader Mannering
Hulk Hogan recently filed a lawsuit against the tabloid website Gawker after the site released an article and short video clip of Hogan and the wife of one of his friends having sex. Although the video was grainy and less than two minutes long, it was easy to tell that the man in the video was Hogan. The woman was Heather Clem, the wife of Bubba “The Love Sponge” Clem, a longtime friend of Hogan.
Hogan also filed a lawsuit against Clem, claiming he secretly video taped Hogan and his wife having sex, and that Hogan did not agree to it. Clem was also accused of turning the tape over to Gawker, and the clip became a part of both lawsuits.
Gawker claims that they had the right to publish the article and according to court filings, state and federal courts in Florida have both ruled that Gawker’s report was protected by the First Amendment.
Gawker has now filed a lawsuit against Hogan and is demanding that he and his attorneys turn over any emails between Hogan, his lawyer, and his publicist. The lawsuit specifically asks for emails related to Hogan’s October 2012 appearances with Howard Stern and Piers Morgan, and interviews done with the Today show and USA Today.
Gawker is likely trying to convince the court that Hogan was aware he was being videotaped and that all three parties, Hogan, Heather Clem and Bubba Clem, agreed to film and participate in the video.
Gawker has argued that Hogan is hiding behind attorney-client privilege. Hogan is accusing Gawker of violating his privacy. The court date for this charge is March 3, 2014.
Do you think the emails will reveal that Hogan agreed to make the sex tape or is the Hulkster’s privacy being violated by the tape and Gawker report?
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