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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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86 COMMENTS

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KnuckleDragger    

I agree with Gawker, I'm sure the judge will too. At the end of the day...Hogan gets notoriety, regardless. Without notoriety, you might as well hang up your steroids, Hogan!

666 days ago
2.

Marty    

Wow, 1 minute 41 seconds? I knew Steroids made your testicles the size of olives but didn't know it affected your stamina too?
Yikes.

666 days ago
3.

Laura    

The fact that he cheated on his wife doesn't make him any more of a loser anyway--everything about him makes him a loser. Even his pathetic attempt to make this sex tape such a big deal--none of us want to see it anyway.

666 days ago
4.

dman    

Hulk you are a idiot. You best step into a Slim Jim and forget your troubles cause you ain't winning this.

666 days ago
5.

Sonja    

I'm sorry were we supposed to have seen this sex tape in order to realize that 3/4 of the Hogans are total loser trash?? I must have missed the memo.

666 days ago
6.

MrHarrybawls2010    

"Hulk" Hogan : Im suprised this moron can even show his face in public after all his white trash family's scandals. What a complete embarrassment -like making your living wrestling other men in yellow underwear... =( thanks for being u hogan ...were laughing AT u , not with you.

666 days ago
7.

Carl E    

The Hogan Sex Tape would be the best sex that ever happened on this planet. It would be worth billions!

666 days ago
8.

vtajen    

I hope the shameless people at Gawker get together with the disgusting people from the magazine that published nude photos of Dutchess Kate and they all go crawl in a hole and evaporate. Where is our integrity anymore? Why can't we put ourselves in the shoes of others and have more compassion for people. HATE seems to be the ruling power and that is very sad for all.

666 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

Gawker is right with every fact they stated. He is a slut.

666 days ago
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mousetrap    

I have something to say about this and I could very well be wrong, seeing how I have almost no legal training. But if the thing was filmed without his knowledge, and then published (Gawker) without his permission, I do not see how that can be civil. Forget legal or not. I am talking about civil court. But it could very well be illegal, also. How can it possibly be alright to film someone having sex, IN PRIVATE, where the right to privacy is assumed, and then release it for public consumption. Cyberworld is still the wild west in a lot of respects. The judicial system need to catch up with this stuff and make it more clear cut. I'm not a big fan of what Hulk did, because technically it was adultrey. But people shouldn't be filmed without their knowledge and have it go cyber. That is crazy.

666 days ago
11.

Pat    

This was all an obvious attempt for the "Hulk" to try and get some sort of a reputation as a sex God or something. Pathetic.

666 days ago
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dyls_E    

I don't think anybodies sex tapes should be released at all. Nobody has the right to do that to someone against their will.

666 days ago
13.

Kelly    

Is it just be or has TMZ gotten exceedingly boring in the past ten days? What's up with that?

666 days ago
14.

LISA    

I love Gawker's 'he had already admitted that he's a lying, cheating bastard' defense.

I guess that means Hogan wasn't the one to release the tape after all? Either way, how did he come up with a 100 million?

How many people will be forced to watch the sex tape at the proceedings? Yuk!

666 days ago
15.

jenirow    

Hulk, you are a skeezer. If you are embarassed by your behavior, don't do it in the first place. You are not fooling anyone except yourself.

666 days ago
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