Judge sides with Hogan over sex tape removal from Gawker website


The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Hulk Hogan finally scored one – partial – victory in his lawsuit against Gawker over the publishing of his sex tape.

A judge at a hearing yesterday in a Florida state court has granted the Hulkster’s request for a temporary restraining order against Gawker, and now the website has to pull the video from the page as well as hand over all versions and copies of the full-length sex tape and all other clips, photos, and transcripts they have in possession.

Hogan filed the $100 million lawsuit in October of last year but so far has lost every battle round in court against the website after a previous judge pointed to the First Amendment, saying that Gawker’s publishing of the video was “in conjunction with the news reporting function.”

Initially Hogan filed a federal lawsuit but then dropped it to re-file it in state court, with Judge Pamela Campbell of the Sixth Judicial Circuit in Pinellas County, Florida, agreeing with the former WWE and WCW champion.

The lawsuit is far from over however at least Hogan’s bare butt will not be online anymore, at least not on Gawker’s website.