Seemingly not content with the $140 million wind fall awarded to him in the recently completed lawsuit against Gawker, WWE legend Hulk Hogan is taking the gossip publication back to the courts for a second time.
As reported by the New York Post, Hogan (real name Terry Bollea) is now seeking damages over claims that Gawker leaked sealed documents to the National Enquirer revealing racist comments made in his now infamous 2007 sex tape.
The veteran wrestler's latest offensive comes a month after Florida courts sided with him, and against Gawker, over the publication of another sex tape. A decision that saw Hogan awarded $115 million and $25 million in two different rulings.
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That case, however, concerned the publishing of a sex tape involving Hogan and the wife of fellow wrestler Bubba Clem, which had been uploaded to Gawker's website way back in 2012.
This week's move is focussing on the actions that led to racist remarks made by Hogan in a second tape coming to light and, ultimately, costing the 62-year-old his job with the WWE.
According to the suit, again filed in Florida, Hogan's "income was cut off, his legacy in entertainment was severely damaged (if not completely destroyed), and his global brand was forever tarnished," when the comments were made public.
Although it was an article published by the National Enquirer in July 2015 that exposed Hogan's inexcusable comments, Hogan and his representatives are convinced Gawker were behind the leak.
Per reports, they argue in the new suit that Gawker gave documents to another publication because, at the time, they were prohibited from publishing the information which was filed under seal pending the $140 million lawsuit mentioned above.
They also cite online posts from Gawker staff almost immediately after the Enquirer exposé as evidence they were involved.
Gawker themselves have always denied their involvement and police have previously refused to pursue criminal charges against those accused of the leak. Clearly, though, on the back of a $140 million win, Hogan is hoping the courts will see things differently.
In a statement responding to Hogan's latest accusations, Gawker said:
"This is getting ridiculous. Hulk Hogan is a litigious celebrity abusing the court system to control his public image and media coverage.
"As we’ve said before and are happy to say again: Gawker did not leak the information...It’s time for Hulk Hogan to take responsibility for his own words, because the only person who got Hulk Hogan fired from the WWE is Hulk Hogan."
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