Terry Gene Bollea, more widely known as Hulk Hogan, is going to trial against Gawker for publishing his ‘sex tape’ – a 1:41 clip- and is expecting a $100 Million payday. *insert eyeroll here* Give us all a break, Hulk, you aren’t fooling anyone with this lawsuit. It’s clear to see you have pissed away your celebrity money from the 80’s, and this is a desperate grab for attention.
When former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan goes to trial here next week against Gawker, the New York-based news website, he will be called by his real name, Terry Gene Bollea. That order came from a Pinellas judge on Monday at the request of Bollea’s attorneys, who are representing him in his effort to win $100 million in damages from Gawker for publishing an excerpt of his sex tape in 2012.
But that should not stand in the way of jurors knowing who he is.
Aside from his trademark mustache and white shoulder-length hair, Bollea will be allowed to wear part of his Hulk Hogan costume to court. Circuit Judge Pamela Campbell said on Monday that she will permit him one “plain bandana,” presumably ruling out the varieties for sale at his Clearwater Beach gift shop, emblazoned with the words “Hulkamania” and “Hulk Still Rules.”
There’s no word yet on whether he will have to wear sleeves in the courtroom.
Campbell cautioned both sides that she expects civility once the trial begins.
“This is not going to be a carnival,” she said several times. “There will be judicial serenity and calm, to which the parties are entitled.”
Bollea’s case against Gawker has been winding its way through the courts here for more than two years, and a two-week trial has been scheduled to begin in St. Petersburg next Monday. At its core, it’s a case about whether Gawker’s decision to publish one minute and 41 seconds of a roughly 30-minute sex tape violated Bollea’s right to privacy.
His attorneys maintain that the video, which shows him having sex with Heather Cole — at the time, the wife of his best friend, radio shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem — was made without his knowledge. The video’s content is not and was not newsworthy when Gawker published it, they argue.
To prevent more people from seeing the tape, Bollea’s attorneys have asked the judge not to show it to reporters and members of the public during his trial. Several media organizations, including the Tampa Bay Times, have opposed the request.
Gawker’s legal team says that Bollea, in his celebrity persona of Hulk Hogan, has talked openly and in graphic detail about his sex life for years, thereby making it a matter of public concern. His avenues for this material have included his two memoirs, appearances on the Howard Stern show, and multiple Bubba the Love Sponge radio broadcasts.
First of all, HULK HOGAN, you cannot have it both ways. You need to sit down and shut up, or take the consequences. You wanna be cutsey and talk on air about that hot gal you had sex with? Super. But don’t act all violated since your one minute and 41 second sex tape clip (which I am surprised anyone can watch even THAT long) got posted on Gawker. Like really, you are a has-been celebrity, and this might get you up to Kardashian level fame, bro. Just think: you could be famous again….
Written by Katie McGuire. Follow Katie on Twitter @GOPKatie, or email the author at firstname.lastname@example.org
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