Round two! After defeating Gawker in a legal battle this past March for publishing his sex tape in 2012 – winning a staggering $140 million judgment — Hulk Hogan is suing the website yet again, this time for allegedly leaking his racist remarks in 2007.
The ex-pro wrestler (real name: Terry Bollea), 62, is claiming that Gawker leaked sealed court documents to the National Enquirer, quoting his infamous racially charged verbal tirade against his daughter Brooke Hogan’s boyfriend at the time, who is black.
“I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f–k some n—-r, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n—-r worth a hundred million dollars!” Hogan fumed, according to a transcript. “Like a basketball player! I guess we’re all a little racist. F—ing n—-r.”
Upon the National Enquirer’s release of Hogan’s racist remarks — which he admitted to and apologized for — WWE fired him immediately and removed his name from its website and the organization’s Hall of Fame.
Hogan’s new suit, which was filed under seal in connection with the sex tape lawsuit, says that the Florida native’s “income was cut off, his legacy in entertainment was severely damaged (if not completely destroyed), and his global brand was forever tarnished.”
“This is getting ridiculous,” Gawker said in a statement denying the leak. “Hulk Hogan is a litigious celebrity abusing the court system to control his public image and media coverage."
“It was absurd enough that Hulk Hogan claims $100 million for emotional distress and economic damage for a story about a sex life that he’d already made public,” the media company continued. “Now Hulk Hogan is blaming Gawker for racist remarks he made on another sex tape, which Gawker never had.”
As Us Weekly previously reported, in 2012, Gawker published a two-minute clip from a video of Hogan having sex with his best friend Bubba the Love Sponge’s wife, Heather Clem, in 2006. Hogan claimed he was unaware he was being taped and sued the media site for $100 million in damages. He won the legal war and was awarded $140 million.
“[Gawker] was hoping that, financially, I wouldn't be able to stay in the game with them, and I'd quit or tap out or something,” Hogan said of his legal victory against the site in an interview with Good Morning America back in March. “I felt like I had this monster on my shoulders no matter where I went.”
“Mr. Bollea said from the beginning that he would seek to hold all persons and entities fully responsible for their wrongful actions,” Hogan’s legal team explained of the former athlete’s new suit in a statement. “This lawsuit seeks to do just that.”
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