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Judge to Hulk Hogan

Sex Tape Stays Online

... For Now

11/14/2012 2:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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Hulk Hogan
's sex tape will STAY ON THE INTERNET ... at least for the foreseeable future -- because a judge has just denied the wrestler's bid to yank it from the web ASAP.

You'll recall, Hulk sued Gawker for $100 million for publishing his sex tape -- and filed a preliminary motion demanding Gawker take the tape down immediately, while the case makes its way through the court system.

But today, a judge refused to order Gawker to do squat -- ruling Hulk failed to prove the website wasn't within its First Amendment rights to post the video in the first place.

Moreover, the judge wrote, "This is an example of where the proverbial 'cat is out of the bag'" ... i.e. everyone on the planet's already seen the tape, so it's too late to protect Hulk's privacy.

That said, the judge could still decide to order Gawker to remove the tape if Hulk were to win the case at the end of the day.

But after today's order, it doesn't look good ...

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34 COMMENTS

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St James III    

First Amendment Rights??? How does this fall under "free speech" ???

710 days ago
2.

Jay W.     

It's ok Hogan... it's ok.

710 days ago
3.

Andy    

Maybe everyone on the planet has the ability to see Hulks sex tape, but like me, I doubt many are interested.

710 days ago
4.

Jay W.     

Actually, this is pretty damn funny. Hulk shot down by the courts.

710 days ago
5.

OH NO!    

(sound of barfing)

710 days ago
6.

Majestik    

Oh please, the fact the man went onto a radio show and publicly stated this wasn't his "BEST PERFORMANCE" does not sound like a guy who's broken up or UPSET that his sex tape made the light of day. I'll bet after this ruling he drops his court case. He should've filed a motion for an injunction the minute it was leaked there was a Hogan sex tape.

710 days ago
7.

EatMe    

I would wager that Hogan himself had the tape leaked to generate interest and bring in the $$$'s. He failed to realize, in his scheming, that nobody cares.

710 days ago
8.

kitnplayn    

I still believe that Hulk was in on the entire scam, to either extort money from gawker, or to get media publicity to stay relevant, or maybe because he is an investor in gawker and this is pulling in hits. He forgives Bubba, even though Bubba joked on the tape about getting rich off the Hulk tape. As I see it, Americans are basically just greedy, lying scammers who will screw just about anyone in the moment like dogs or monkeys in heat.

710 days ago
9.

Truth    

DUDE SHOULD JUST MAKE A DEAL WITH THAT STEVE GUY FROM VIVID VIDEO. HULK'S A HAS BEEN AND AT HIS AGE NO ONE GIVES A F*CK... HE'S LUCKY PEEPS STILL WATCH HIS PEEN IN A SENIOR CITIZEN'S VIDEO. AT LEAST MAKE THE PAPER WHILE YOU AT IT. TAKE NOTES FROM KIM K. #TRUTH!!

710 days ago
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mousetrap    

How, how? If he was filmed without his knowledge, and the footage was released for public consumption without his consent, HOW can you not stop that? I will tell you how, because it is the internet. You can do just about anything and get away with it.

For him to be filmed without his knowledge having sex and then be released to the public for financial or pleasurable gain, is a sex crime. It is disgusting and should be totally illegal. And civilly also.

String them up as a sexual offenders, because that is what they are. People go off the rails and won't let their children walk two blocks to elementary school because they are afraid of some sot who wouldn't touch their kid anyways. And that is way over blown. And then you have creeps like this.

Hey, Hulk, it can cost a lot of money to bring on a serious law suit. If you don't want to get involved, let it fly and die out. And then bring up a little organization of your own to combat these types of injustices, later. If you can afford it, take them to the cleaners and all the way up the courts. You may not come out on top financially, but you will set a precedent.

710 days ago
11.

Steve    

Hulk does not understand the internet because someone can copy the tape and distribute the tape to other adult site. Then it will never to be removed period

710 days ago
12.

puddintang    

Not a fan of Hulk or his "sex tape", but I think it's a BS ruling. If it was filmed without his consent and distributed without his consent then that is a crime!

710 days ago
13.

thebigalphamale    

Hulk the damage has been done already... so you might as well sell it while its still worth a decent market price... not sure what you could get for it...but Ill assume a few million easy.... that should help your retirement fund nicely.... and it will help your current wife "forget" that its all over the internet...easy to forget stuff while she basks in the sun on some beach drinking fruity drinks getting massages

710 days ago
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Phishie from Philly    

O no! What are all the hulkamaniacs going to think. That's right, the hulkamaniacs are all grown up.
..
Phishie from Philly

710 days ago
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ugh..really?     

so gross. like watching your grandpa get it on.

710 days ago
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