Hulk Hogan: Gawker ordered to remove all versions of sex tape; site argues First Amendment protection
At the time, Hulk took responsibility for filming the sex tape, but he was dismayed that it leaked online and in January, he filed a lawsuit against Gawker, the site that first posted a clip of the tape, seeking $100 million in damages.
He hasn't been awarded any damages yet, but E! News is reporting that a Florida state judge has granted Hogan's request for a temporary restraining order that bars the media from posting clips of his sex tape.
The judge specifically ordered Gawker to remove all footage of the tape from its site and affiliates and to return all copies and versions of the tape -- including excerpts, photos, clips and transcripts -- to Hogan's attorneys.
So far Gawker has only complied in taking down the segment of the sex tape.
Gawker writes in response to the injunction:
We publish all manner of stories here. Some are serious, some are frivolous, some are dumb. I am not going to make a case that the future of the Republic rises or falls on the ability of the general public to watch a video of Hulk Hogan f***ing his friend's ex-wife. But the Constitution does unambiguously accord us the right to publish true things about public figures. And Campbell's order requiring us to take down not only a very brief, highly edited video excerpt from a 30-minute Hulk Hogan f***ing session but also a lengthy written account from someone who had watched the entirety of that fucking session, is risible and contemptuous of centuries of First Amendment jurisprudence.
Hogan previously settled a separate suit with Bubba the Love Sponge and his wife, Heather Clem, outside of court.