This wild lawsuit by the Hulkster against Gawker, pending in Pinellas County Circuit Court, is a doozy:
The National Enquirer and Radar Online reported on the existence of tapes recording Hogan “spewing foul-mouthed racial slurs — including the N-word.” The WWE fired Hogan in the wake of the scandal. Hogan then turned around and accused Gawker of being behind the career-ending leak. He filed an emergency motion seeking sweeping discovery — specifically, discovery requiring Gawker and its attorneys to “turn over all their computers, email systems, and electronic devices to wholesale inspection and review by a third party” — to allow him to prove his (entirely speculative) claim that Gawker leaked his racist rants in violation of a protective order.You can read Gawker's opposition here.
Here's an excerpt:
Specifically, on the morning the first Enquirer report was published, Bollea issued an “exclusive” statement to People Magazine in which he admitted the accuracy of the Enquirer’s report and stated that he viewed the controversy over his racist remarks as an “important learning experience,” one that he would use to “improve as a person.” Ex. 28. Within a few hours of issuing this press statement, Bollea’s attorney, David Houston, issued his own statement to Fox News seeking to blame Gawker for the Enquirer’s report: “I have my suspicions, as you can imagine. . . . If I can find out it is Gawker who leaked the transcripts, we will bury them.” Ex. 29.In addition to Mr. Houston, Hulk is represented by Tampa attorney Ken Turkel.