Post by The Ultimate Nullifier on Feb 14, 2014 16:44:13 GMT -6
Gawker.com, the website that Hogan sued last year for writing about the tape and putting up a minute's worth of clips from the footage, filed a motion in court earlier this week requesting email correspondence between Hogan and his lawyer and publicist.
Gawker’s lawyers are specifically asking for emails regarding Hogan's October 2012 media tour, including appearances on Howard Stern, as discussion of Hogan's affairs took place.
Gawker has previously requested the material but Hogan's side has refused. The strategy here appears to be attempting to prove that there may have been a coordinated, planned effort to discuss Hogan's past infidelity during the tour, opening up additional proof that Gawker posting about the tape was within the realm of public interest - since Hogan helps to cultivate that interest with his statements.
Gawker is also complaining that documents they requested were "heavily redacted."
The tape in question featured Hogan and Heather Clem, the then-wife of Bubba the Love Sponge. Hogan has claimed that he was unaware he was being filmed. He later settled a lawsuit against Bubba, which including receiving the rights to the tape.