After being awarded $140 million in a legal battle against Gawker, Hulk Hogan is suing the news site for a second time.
According to The New York Post, the former wrestling star filed a new claim against Gawker, for allegedly leaking audio of the racists remarks to the National Enquirer, which were sealed in court documents.
In a 2007 conversation with sex-tape partner Heather Clem, Hogan unleashed ugly remarks about his daughter Brooke’s black boyfriend.
“I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f–k some n—-r, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n—-r worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player! I guess we’re all a little racist. F—ing n—-r,” Hogan said
The WWE immediately fired Hogan following the allegation, wiping his name from the website and his honor from the Hall of Fame.
His “income was cut off, his legacy in entertainment was severely damaged (if not completely destroyed), and his global brand was forever tarnished,” the Florida suit says, according to the Post.
Hogan, 62, apologized for the remarks, expressing regret and claiming "This is not who I am." However, after winning the first suit, Hogan is perhaps feeling more confident in his litigious capacity and has filed a second for an undisclosed sum.
Hogan claims Gawker provided The National Enquirer with the transcript, which was part of the documents over the second sex tape with Heather Clem.
To add salt to the wound, as the Enquirer posted the transcript online, then Gawker editor A.J. Daulerio tweeted to Hogan “XOXOXO” with a link to the Enquirer posting, according to the Post.
Gawker is still in the appeal process of the first suit.
On Monday, Gawker Media said in a statement “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,” the statement said. “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.”