NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, October 22, 2015, 6:55 PM
A Florida judge has granted Holk Hogan’s request to investigate Gawker executives’ electronic communications after he claims they leaked a racist 2006 sex tape.
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Gawker has claimed that they had no role in the video’s release. The Hulkster was fired from the WWE last July after it emerged.
This round goes to the Hulk.
Wrestling star Hulk Hogan will be allowed to search emails, computers and phones belonging to Gawker executives he blames for leaking a sex tape and racist rant which “ruined” his career.
A Florida judge granted the Hulkster’s request Wednesday, citing the seriousness of his claims against the news and gossip website, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
The approval will allow a court-appointed expert to inspect the electronic communications of Gawker’s founder and chief executive, Nick Denton, as well as company president Heather Dietrick and former editor A.J. Daulerio.
It will be paid for by Hogan, aka Terry Bollea.
Attorneys for the former professional wrestler filed the emergency motion demanding the right in July — the same month he was fired from the WWE over his leaked diatribe.
The 2006 sex video — involving the ex-wife of his former best friend, DJ Bubba Clem — captured Hogan using the N-word several times.
He later apologized for his language, calling it “unacceptable.”
Gawker has meanwhile denied that it had anything to do with the leak.
In a statement released to the Hollywood Reporter, a Gawker spokesperson slammed the judge’s move as a threat to First Amendment rights.
“It has no basis in law or fact. We intend to appeal. This order should send a shiver down the spine of all media companies and anyone who believes in the free press. It says that a court can confiscate all data in a media companies’ computer system based on nothing more than a baseless hunch and accusation. It then gives a litigant all reporters’ and editor’s data that mentions his name and a long list of other names. This order is an affront to the First Amendment,” the statement read.