Dwayne Johnson says of Hulk Hogan: ‘We’ve all talked trash’

31 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Dwayne Johnson on Hulk Hogan’s racist rant: ‘We’ve all talked trash’.

Dwayne Johnson was speaking on the press tour for HBO’s Television Critics Association when he was asked his opinion about the leaked audio in which Hogan is caught using racial epithets, per Entertainment Weekly’s James Hibberd: I’ve known [Hulk Hogan] for a lot of years. Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court Judge Pamela Campbell set March 7 as the date during an emergency hearing Thursday at which the disgraced WWE great’s lawyer blamed Gawker for “ruining my client’s career.” Lawyers for Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, also used the hearing to accuse Gawker of leaking confidential material other than the sex tape featuring the wrestler with the then-wife of his then-best friend.At HBO’s Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills on Thursday, Johnson was touting his dramedy series Ballers, which was recently renewed for a second season. PETERSBURG — Attorneys for Hulk Hogan say they don’t know who leaked a transcript of their client’s racist and homophobic remarks to tabloid reporters. So I’d not known him to be racist.” Johnson then smiled. “It’s funny, it’s one of those things where—I’m not justifying what he said—but we’ve all talked trash.

The ties to Gawker stem from a lawsuit Bollea filed in 2012, in which he accused the media company of violating his right to privacy by publishing an excerpt of a sex tape involving him and Heather Cole, the ex-wife of radio shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem. The joint investigation between the National Enquirer and Radar Online also uncovered audio of Hogan using a homophobic slur to describe the homeowner of his childhood home. Claiming the negative publicity had ruined their client’s career, Bollea’s lawyers said they’re now focused on learning who was responsible for the leaks, which they say violate the court’s protective order and are worthy of sanctions.

In a statement given to Polygon’s Samit Sarkar, a 2K Sports representative announced the company will scrub Hogan completely from the upcoming release of WWE 2K16 in the fall. At Thursday’s hearing, they suggested Gawker employees disseminated Bollea’s comments earlier this month to shift the public’s attention away from its own controversy over a widely criticized post outing a Conde Nast executive. Holding a printed copy of a 2014 post titled “How to Leak to Gawker Anonymously,” another defense attorney for Bollea said the Web story was proof that Gawker employees “know how to leak anonymously.” He said that for the past several years, transcripts of Bollea and Cole’s encounter have been floating around Tampa and New York, suggesting that anyone with access to a copy could have given it to reporters.

There have also been several investigations into the sex tape’s production — Bollea maintains it was made illegally, and without his knowledge — widening the net of law enforcement and government officials who might have seen the recording or the transcript.

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