Fresh off a big award from his lawsuit against Gawker for posting a sex tape he says was filmed without his knowledge, Hulk Hogan has filed another case against the website. This time, because he claims they were the ones who leaked the audio portions of the tape which captured him using racial slurs.
The quotes which were first published by National Enquirer lead to Hogan losing his job with WWE, and several other endorsements. He now alleges that Gawker provided the transcript from the tape of his having sex with Heather Clem, wife of his then-best friend Bubba "the Love Sponge" Clem to the tabloid, which the suit says meant his "income was cut off, his legacy in entertainment was severely damaged (if not completely destroyed), and his global brand was forever tarnished."
According to the New York Post story about the new filing, the case also points to the Enquirer's report stating the transcript was something "Gawker had been threatening to release publicly for months" and blog postings & Tweets from Gawker CEO Nick Denton and Editor A.J. Daulerio which hint at knowledge within the website's organization about the story.
The new suit also goes after some Florida residents for leaking the sex tape to the site, including a radio DJ named Mike "Cowhead" Calta who police declined to pursue charges against in relation to the leak.
In addition to this new case, Hogan and Gawker are still going through the appeals process for the existing one, which resulted in the $140 million award.