In a dispute that is arguably going badly for both sides, Hulk Hogan is now demanding an investigation into whether Gawker purposefully leaked a racist N-word-filled tirade made by the former professional wrestler. In new court documents today, Hogan is even bringing up the possibility of jail term.
Hogan is presently pursuing $100 million privacy claims against Gawker for publishing excerpts of a sex tape. A trial originally scheduled for earlier this month was delayed, which Gawker believed would give them more time to pursue documents from the FBI’s investigation of the sex tape. Soon thereafter, Gawker founder Nick Denton wrote an update on the case: ‘There will be a third act which we believe will center on the real story: the additional recordings held by the FBI, the information in them that is Hulk Hogan’s real secret, and irregularities in the recordings which indicate some sort of cover-up’.
After Hogan’s lawyers expressed concern, looking to tighten confidentiality, The National Enquirer and RadarOnline somehow got their hands on a transcript of additional sex tape footage, showing the wrestler making racist comments about his daughter Brooke‘s boyfriend, whom he believed to be black. WWE then fired Hogan
As Hogan was facing wrath for what he once said, Gawker was facing a gigantic backlash over a since-pulled story about a Conde Nast executive who allegedly was involved with a male escort.
Now Hogan is connecting the dots and seeing motive for release of sealed discovery documents.
Heather Dietrick, president and general counsel of Gawker, responds, ‘Hulk Hogan has only one person to blame for what he said and no one from Gawker had any role in leaking that information’.