Judge rejects media requests to unseal Hulk Hogan records

26 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Media Outlets Are Looking To Have Hulk Hogan’s Suspiciously Sealed Court Records Made Public.

Hogan, a former WWE wrestler whose real name is Terry Bollea, is suing the news website Gawker for posting a video of him having sex with the then-wife of Hogan’s friend.- There have been few relationships that have been on-and-off like the one between Hulk Hogan and the company that made him the biggest name in wrestling, WWE. In other parts of our great nation, leaves are changing color, brisk breezes cool the end of the day, and ruddy-faced children pick apples in the burnt orange of the fading late-afternoon light.

Gawker and its owner, Nick Denton, maintain that the New York-based company had the right to publish the sex video of Hogan because the wrestler lost any expectation of privacy after making sexually explicit comments during media appearances. Here, on the other hand: Several media companies, including the Associated Press, have requested that certain legal records pertaining to the Hulk Hogan-Gawker lawsuit be made public. However, many believe that all isn’t lost in the equation between WWE and The Hulkster, as WWE showing him in the Starrcade video a couple of weeks back on RAW was an intentional move. Reportedly, Vince McMahon realizes that the legacy of Hogan within the WWE is way bigger than most for the company to be able to wash off it completely.

But when it was put into public record in the civil suit, the judge sealed the records. “It’s highly unusual for this much secrecy to surround a civil proceeding,” said Charles Tobin, a lawyer for Holland and Knight who is representing the media companies. “Ordinarily, whether it’s a celebrity or an average citizen, once you ask the court to help solve a dispute you open the proceedings up to public review. While the heat around the scandals involving Hogan have died down to a large extent, it did appear that WWE still was cold following Hogan’s recent media tour. What’s going on in Hulk Hogan’s case certainly is not the norm when it comes to public transparency of the courts.” The amount of effort into keeping these records sealed and away from public access is making a lot of people highly suspicious about what is contained therein, who is being protected, and from what. And finally, back in Pinellas, the County Commission approved a new $2 billion budget without making any changes to its property taxes, which had been a concern. While it’s too early to be looking at the next time Hogan makes his appearance on WWE TV, don’t be surprised if the relations start to thaw between the two parties in the coming months.

The commission did manage to find some extra income, however, by instituting small taxes on complaining about recycling, posting internet comments critical of the new pier design, and making fun of Clearwater in general. Internal talks also indicate the Hogan merchandise going back on sale, which would be a big step in the direction of repairing things between Hogan and WWE. – Last night’s TNA Impact Wrestling’s main event saw Drew Galloway come out on top in a match against Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards, Bram and Bobby Lashley to earn a shot at TNA World Heavyweight Champion Ethan Carter III. But he was able to transcend his “Hulkamania” fan base to become a celebrity outside the wrestling world, appearing in numerous movies and television shows, including a reality show about his life on VH1, “Hogan Knows Best.” Disclaimer: Comments do not represent the views of INQUIRER.net.

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