A judge ruled that wrestling legend Hulk Hogan won’t be allowed to cite sports reporter Erin Andrews’ case against a peeping tom who secretly filmed her naked and Marriott Hotels in his upcoming legal battle against Gawker Media.
Judge Pamela Campbell granted Gawker’s motion to exclude any evidence related to Andrews’ case. She didn’t want “confusion on the legal issues” at hand.
Hogan’s lawyers aren’t happy with the ruling.
“What’s interesting is that I get this sense that the public and media are so in favor of Erin Andrews,” Hogan’s attorney Charles Harder. “But for some reason, Hulk Hogan gets treated a different way.”
Hogan’s real name is Terry Bollea. He’s currently seeking $100 million in damages from Gawker for defamation, emotional pain and loss of privacy.
In 2012, the media organization published a video of Bollea having sex with his freind, Bubba “the Love Sponge” Clem’s wife, Heather.
Like Erin, Bollea says that he had no idea that he was being filmed.
In the video, Bollea takes a phone call from his child. He even told TMZ that he didn’t even know who the woman was when he first saw the video. One of his lawyers, David R. Houston says:
“This tape was made secretly without Hulk’s knowledge or permission,” the lawyer told TMZ in a statement. “We are going to do everything in our power to figure out who did it. Anyone displaying the tape will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”
Gawker did not originally film the video.
Along with the video, Gawker included very unflattering commentary.
“Then we watch Hulk stand up and clumsily attempt to roll a condom on to his erect penis which, even if it has been ravaged by steroids and middle age, still appears to be the size of a thermos you’d find in a child’s lunchbox.”
Hogan and Gawker have fought the suit before. Gawker won in a federal court. The court ruled it was their First Amendment right to publish the video and the story. This time, the jury will be pooled from Florida as the suit is being tried in state court.