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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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16.

awesomewave    

What if it was a POTUS sex tape? I imagine the ruling would be very different.

671 days ago
17.

Laura    

Why does the judge think everyone on the planet has seen this tape? You couldn't pay me to watch that. Hulk needs to give up on this--nobody wants to watch it anyway. There's just no interest.

671 days ago
18.

Mike    

I dont think he's trying to protect his privacy, I think he's trying to protect his checking account. If that website gives it away FREE, Hulk cant make any money SELLING it. If he went all in, copyrighted the tape and made it available for sale, he'd have a slam dunk in the courts.

671 days ago
19.

verlinda    

Gross

671 days ago
20.

fargone    

What a ruling. From now on I'm checking a room out thoroughly as well and the ceiling. Just for piece of mind.

671 days ago
21.

kr    

Disgusting. Do california judges have a vendetta or what?

671 days ago
22.

Badass2012    

This was all a desperate attempt by Hogan to get another 15 minutes of fame. The guy just can't accept the fact that he's irrelevant and that no one cares about him anymore.

671 days ago
23.

Danielle    

I am not a fan of the Hulk, but this Judge is crazy. Kate Gosselin was able to have the website blog of that guy who wrote about her completely deleted, those were words, but Hulk can't have a sex tape he did not even know was being taken remoevd? Something is wrong with this Judge or the law.

671 days ago
24.

NOT ELMO    

hahahaha.......you lost!

671 days ago
25.

john    

i feel bad for hulk. No consent but no punishment. That is what is wrong with america.

671 days ago
26.

DaveT    

Easy to handle this, just secretly tape the judge's sex life, then sell it to Gawker ;D

670 days ago
27.

kerrplunk    

He ain't no chode

670 days ago
28.

Toallthehatersoftheworld    

I never ever want to see this tape

669 days ago
29.

sadgurl de dtown    

Is it true about him ****ing his daughter. They have a very strange relationship? ?

669 days ago
30.

karisma    

Oh. Lord. Can't we just get them to pull it to keep it from blinding everyone with its awfulness?

668 days ago
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