Hulk Hogan has gone on the offensive today as he looks to rescue his reputation following the racism storm that has developed over the past few days.
The now former WWE Superstar is, in court documents reportedly seen by TMZ, accusing Gawker's Nick Denton of leaking the racist quotes in order to gain an advantage in an ongoing $100 million lawsuit between the pair concerning the sex tape said racist comments come from.
Having seen the WWE distance themselves from him since Friday's exposee, and his reputation at an all-time low, Hulk Hogan is claiming that the portion of the tape in which he used the 'n-word' had already been deemed confidential by the judge in the $100 case.
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Hogan and Gawker have been embroiled in a lawsuit concerning the wrestler's 2008 sex tape for a while now but, with the case reportedly nearing its trial date, Hogan apparently believes the leak of the racist remarks came from only one source.
Per NoDq.com's report:
"Hogan says he believes Gawker leaked the n-word story to another media outlet last week because they knew it would make Hogan look bad and damage his case against them."
The documents filed to court this week by Hogan show just how convinced he is of the leak. In them, the veteran wrestler asks the judge to begin an investigation into both Dento and another former Gawker member, AJ Daulerio.
Per TMZ, Hogan also demands that, should the investigation prove his theory, that both men should be sent to jail and the $100 million lawsuit to be immediately ruled in his favor.
President and General Counsel of Gawker, Heather Dietrick, has since responded to Hulk Hogan's accusation that they leaked the story, saying:
"Hulk Hogan has only one person to blame for what he said and no one from Gawker had any role in leaking that information."
Whilst Hulk Hogan is clearly going on the offensive as he looks to find the source of his recent woes, there is noone he can blame for the racist comments themselves.
He has attempted to apologize for the remarks made but many, including several members of the wrestling fraternity, have refused to forgive him due to the nature of the vile comments.
Whether the section of the video was supposed to be confidential, and whether Gawker were involved in its release, isn't likely to save Hulk Hogan from the WWE wilderness he now finds himself in.
It could though help him win $100 million.
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