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Gawker to Hulk Hogan

Your Reputation Was

RUINED Before Sex Tape

11/3/2012 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Hulk Hogan has no right to sue Gawker for ruining his reputation by publishing parts of his sex tape ... because he had already admitted that he's a lying, cheating bastard ... this according to Gawker.

Gawker has filed a response to Hulk's $100,000,000 lawsuit against the website ... begging the judge to throw out the case because they had a journalistic right to publish the 1 minute 41 second clip.

In the docs, Gawker claims Hulk had already admitted he was an adulterer in a book he released in 2009 ... so the video couldn't have caused any more harm to his already sullied reputation.

Gawker also claims the website shouldn't be on the hook for invading Hulk's privacy because it didn't record the tape ... it just distributed a small amount of the footage, which it believed to be newsworthy because Hulk is a world famous celebrity. 

Gawker also says it shouldn't have to reveal the identity of the person who leaked the footage to the website -- despite Hulk's demands -- citing laws that protect the news sources.

A judge has yet to rule.

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16.

Faye    

Who would want to watch a sex tape of Hogan??? Gross!

633 days ago
17.

mousetrap    

No, it should not matter what his reputation was before. Should a rape victim have their past sexual history determine a case? No. Although I understand there was not the immediate physical and psychological trauma of a rape case here, in my opinion, it it still a sex crime. It is a sex crime of exploiting an unknowing participant's sexual experience to the benefit of someone else's financial gain, and also the pleasurable gain of the audience to whom the provider benefited at the victim's unwilling expense. And that makes it heinous. And a sex crime. Let this case make an example of these people and string 'um up they way they do all the other sex offenders.

633 days ago
18.

kitnplayn    

Oh please, I totally believe that Hulk Hogan was aware of the filming of this video, and that he is in on the money grab. You can't tell me that he isn't secretly pleased about this.

633 days ago
19.

Sue    

Hulk lost his rep long ago, the whole family did. I notice Brooke has tried to break away from the crazyness

633 days ago
20.

ummm?!    

He went from Hulk Hogan to Quick Draw McGraw all in a matter of 1 minute 41 seconds. ")

633 days ago
21.

Lee    

That 'man' is soooo disgusting. He's hideous, he's ugly, and I don't care a flying flip about how much money he may or may not have...he's ugly, he's hideous, he's a pervert and please Hulk, take your ugly stash and go the flip away!

633 days ago
22.

NOT ELMO    

just shave your ugly face....

633 days ago
23.

mousetrap    

@LALISSA I have absolutely no idea. I am really not even sure the legal system does. But there has got to be a difference between recording public appearances, general conversations, etc., and very intimate sexual acts. I think that is where maybe the law hasn't caught up.

633 days ago
24.

She's baaaack    

Hulk Hogan is such a cartoon watching him in a sex tape would be kind of like watching Popeye putting it to Olive Oyl. No thank you.

633 days ago
25.

joe gillis    

who the kcuf wants to watch a hulk hogan sex tape ?

633 days ago
26.

buzz kill    

Hey Hulk! Don't forget to take your vitamins and say your prayers.

633 days ago
27.

backfire    

Hulk set the whole thing up.

633 days ago
28.

OBAMA CLAUS     

Hulk rocks: sos does ROMNEY 2012

633 days ago
29.

tgrfan42069    

this was a publicity stunt by ego hogan.notice how he settled with bubba so fast

633 days ago
30.

Badass2012    

Go away Hogan! Haven't we had enough of hearing from this irrelevant tool?

633 days ago
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