Last month Terry Bollea aka Hulk Hogan won a $115 million judgment against Gawker media. The lawsuit was based on Gawker’s decision to publish portions of a sex tape featuring Bollea. A few days later jurors awarded Hogan an additional $25.1 million ($15 million for Gawker and $10 million for founder Nick Denton) bringing the total to $140 million.
Denton released a statement after the verdict saying he was “very confident” the company would win on appeal. But it seems Hulk Hogan isn’t waiting for the result of that appeal. Today his lawyers filed a new suit against Gawker. CNN reports:
The new suit alleges that Gawker “intentionally inflicted emotional distress upon him by leaking a sealed transcript of surreptitiously recorded private oral communications in a bedroom to the media.”
“Gawker threatened Plaintiff repeatedly with the public release of a written transcript … containing racially insensitive remarks,” but Gawker was unable to do so because of a protective order “prohibiting its public dissemination,” the suit states.
The National Enquirer published the transcript, which featured Hogan using the N-word, last July. After it became public, Hogan lost his job at the WWE and was dumped by the hall of fame. Hogan later apologized for those statements in an interview with ABC News.
Gawker has responded to the new lawsuit telling CNN, “It was absurd enough that Hulk Hogan claimed $100m for emotional distress and economic damage for a story about a sex life that he’d already made public. Now Hulk Hogan is blaming Gawker for racist remarks he made on another sex tape, which Gawker never had.” Gawker denies having leaked the transcript.