Hulk Hogan claims Gawker 'leaked' n-word racist rant in bid to damage his lawsuit against them
Former wrestling star Hulk Hogan has claimed website Gawker deliberately leaked a story about Hogan using the 'n-word' while ranting in a secret video.
Hogan claims Gawker made the deliberate move in a bid to harm Hogan's $100m lawsuit against the website.
The website published the video initially which led Hogan to issue legal proceedings.
The video shows Hogan having sex with the wife of a friend in a bedroom. The video was secretly shot by the woman's husband in 2012.
Gawker published the video which led to Hogan taking a $100m lawsuit against them.
However, in an unpublished part of the video, Hogan is heard using the n-word in a rant.
TMZ.com have reported that Hogan has filed legal documents with a court in the state of Florida.
In the documents, he states that the judge in his lawsuit ordered that the portion of the video in which Hogan can be heard using the n-word remain confidential. In his ruling, he ordered that all parties involved were blocked from releasing this information in to the public domain.
According to TMZ, Hogan believes that as his case against Gawker was nearing trial, somebody took the decision to leak word of the racist rant to another media outlet with no connection to the case.
The revelations emerged last week and have been deemed hugely damaging to Hogan's reputation.
Hogan is now asking the court to launch an investigation to ascertain whether Gawker was in some way responsible for the leak to a third party.
If the investigation proves Hogan's allegations, the wrestler wants to be declared the "automatic winner" in the initial lawsuit.
In a statement to TMZ.com, Gawker strenuously deny Hogan's claims and say they were not behind any information leak.
"Hulk Hogan has only one person to blame for what he said and no one from Gawker had any role in leaking that information," Gawker's President and General Counsel told the website.
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