Wikipedia About Hulk Hogan's Sex Tape Scandal refers to a sexually explicit video in which former professional wrestler Terry Gene Bollea, better known by his stage name Hulk Hogan , is shown engaging in sexual intercourse with Heather Clem, the wife of radio personality Todd Clem.
Clips of the video were widely circulated online throughout , which lead Bollea to file lawsuits against both the Clems and Gawker Media for violating his privacy. Many have speculated the lawsuit against Gawker could potentially bankrupt the company, as well as set important legal precedents in regards to privacy rights and freedom of the press.
Background In April , a minute sexually explicit video in which Hogan and Clem engage in sexual intercourse began circulating online. In the video, radio host Todd Alan Clem a. Bubba the Love Sponge can be heard telling his wife Heather "If we ever need to retire, here is our ticket," prior to Bollea entering the room.
Lawsuit Against the Clems Also in October , Bollea filed a lawsuit against the Clems for invading his privacy by filming him without his consent. On October 29th, a settlement was reached and Todd Clem issued a public apology to Bollea on his radio show. I am convinced [Hulk Hogan] had no knowledge that he was being taped…It is my belief that Hulk is not involved, and has not ever been involved, in trying to release the video, or exploit it, or otherwise gain from the video's release in any way.
The site initially refused, citing their first amendment rights as journalists in the public interest, but a judge later required them to remove it. On July 24th, , the National Enquirer  and Radar Online  published transcripts of Bollea's statements heard in the background audio of the sex tape: Like a basketball player!
On March 5th, , The New York Times  published an article about the lawsuit, noting that it may set important legal precedents in regards to privacy rights and freedom of the press. On March 7th, Bollea appeared on the stand at the trial, where he claimed he was "in character" when questioned about the Howard Stern appearance, and that he was "completely humiliated" by Gawker publishing the video On March 9th, former Gawker editor Albert J.
Daulerio was questioned as a defendant in the case. When asked if he could "image a situation where a celebrity sex tape would not be newsworthy," Daulerio responded "if they were a child" under the age of "four. Within 24 hours, the video received upwards of 1. By the end of the month, the six-person jury will decide if additional punitive damages will be awarded. Following the delivery of the verdict, Gawker CEO Nick Denton announced plans to appeal the decision, claiming that "key evidence and the most important witness were both improperly withheld" from the jury.
On Twitter , many claimed Thiel's funding of the trial was a threat to freedom of the press, while others mocked the arguments as sanctimonious. Gawker's Sale Rumors On May 26th, the New York Post reported that Nick Denton had "begun quietly soliciting bids for the sale of his company" in the wake of the verdict.