Hulk Hogan sex tape court ruling: Gawker allowed to post it online

Ronald Martinez

They fought the law and the law ... lost?

Remember all the way back in Oct. 2012 when Gawker posted video clips and a comprehensive breakdown of a Hulk Hogan sex tape with Heather Clem? And how "The Hulkster" fought the posting of it in court, filing a federal case against the website -- and his old buddy Bubba the Love Sponge -- for a whopping $100 million?

He initially lost the ruling in his attempt to get the tape taken down, but a few months later Hogan finally got a judge to rule in his favor. Gawker, for its part, refused to go along with it and to the surprise of many, continued fighting it in court.

The battle has been long and hard (that's what Heather said, probably) but the website won.

The Tampa Bay Times brings word today (Jan. 17, 2014) that Florida's 2nd District Court of Appeals ruled an order banning Gawker from posting the video online should be immediately lifted. Because of how public a figure Hogan is and all the publicity surrounding the tape, it was ruled that the tape "addresses matters of public concern".

Yes, because Hogan boning down with his friend's wife is most definitely that.

More from the Times:

The court's decision on the tape of Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, also said: "Mr. Bollea failed to meet the heavy burden to overcome the presumption that the temporary injunction is invalid as an unconstitutional prior restraint under the First Amendment."

There you have it, Cagesiders. Hogan finally did the job.

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