Trial date set in $100 million Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker lawsuit

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Hogan — a reality TV star and by far the biggest name on pro wrestling marquees for most of the ’80s and ’90s — is suing the news website Gawker. In this Oct. 15, 2012 file photo, former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, arrives for a news conference at the United States Courthouse in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File) The legal tussle between wrestling icon Hulk Hogan and gossip site Gawker took another turn Wednesday when Hogan’s legal team filed a motion for additional discovery to see if Gawker was behind leaking an “N-word” laden rant that The National Enquirer published last week. “We have filed a motion detailing out what we believe to be a number of facts that caused us to have suspicions to Gawker’s involvement,” Hogan’s lawyer, David Houston, told FOX411. “We have requested the court grant additional discovery tools to establish once and for all if Gawker is responsible.

HULK HOGAN was unceremoniously sacked by the WWE last week after a tape emerged showing him complaining about his daughter sleeping with a ‘f*****g n*****’. “You know that God gave you this vibe and this, this, energy that you and I are going to live forever, bro,” he said. “I just hope we don’t come back as a couple, I don’t want to say it, blizz-ack gizz-uys, you know what I’m saying?,” he says. “This is not who I am.An audio, made in 2008, has just been released revealing Hulk using racially charged words while talking to his son Nick, who was serving an 8 month jail sentence at that time.

The exiled World Wrestling Entertainment star says the snark site not only ran a highlight reel from his sex tape — it also leaked a recording of a racist rant to damage his case. Gawker and its owner, Nick Denton, maintain that the New York-based company had the right to publish the video because Hogan, by his sexually explicit banter during media appearances, had lost any expectation of privacy. We are hopeful the court will agree.” In the motion, obtained by FOX411, Hogan’s attorneys claim that Gawker CEO Nick Denton wrote a post, “Hulk v. I believe very strongly that every person in the world is important and should not be treated differently based on race, gender, orientation, religious beliefs or otherwise.”

After last week’s revelation that Hulk Hogan was recorded making an “n-word”-laced rant, the WWE legend has responded by claiming the story may have been leaked by Gawker, the website he is suing for $100 million. In an emergency motion filed Thursday, Hogan (real name Terry Bollea) accused Gawker of releasing confidential information that destroyed his 38-year career “in the blink of an eye.” “His relationship with WWE ended immediately — and the WWE scrubbed all mention of ―Hulk Hogan from its Web site,” the motion says of snippets that were to have remained in sealed discovery. Gawker, the story so far,” on July 10, 2015 hinting that he had more information about Hogan aside from the sex tape the site published back in October 2012. “There will be a third act which we believe will center on the real story: the additional recordings held by the FBI, the information in them that is Hulk Hogan’s real secret, and irregularities in the recordings which indicate some sort of cover-up.

Hogan claims Gawker orchestrated the leak to divert attention from its own public-relations nightmare — one caused by its posting, and then removing, a story about a married publishing executive’s attempt to engage a gay male escort. In Wednesday’s motion, Hogan’s attorneys Kenneth Turkel and Charles Harder point to a story Denton posted on July 12, predicting there would be a “third act” in the case that would reveal “Hogan’s real secret,” which Denton said was contained in “additional recordings.” The motion notes ominously that two weeks later the “National Enquirer broke a story based on sealed evidence about the ‘real secret’ which Nick Denton threatened would be exposed.” Gawker’s president and general counsel, Heather Dietrick, told us Hogan “has only one person to blame for what he said and no one from Gawker had any role in leaking that information.” After a few decades in the movies, Tom Cruise knows a good scene when he sees one. When Gawker founder Nick Denton had the post removed, the motion charges, “a ‘civil war’ erupted which included the resignations of the executive editor … and the editor-in-chief of Gawker.com.” It then claims the resulting brouhaha exposed Denton’s “hypocrisy” in removing one post while asserting the Hulk’s sex-tape post was legitimate. Confidenti@l spies at a heliport on the West Side Highway were confused to see the “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” star lingering aimlessly outside the waiting room — until they realized that with the sun setting behind the Hudson, the actor was carefully waiting to give paparazzi just the right Hollywood photo op.

National Enquirer declined to say where they got the Hogan quotes. “If Gawker, Nick Denton or related parties were in any way involved in the leaking of this information in violation of a court order, Mr. Hogan’s case had been scheduled to start on July 6, but was pushed back after Gawker successfully claimed that it had not been given adequate time to prepare. Bollea will seek the maximum possible civil and criminal penalties available by law, which could include imprisonment and/or a dispositive finding of liability and proceeding with a trial on damages only against the Gawker Defendants,” their statement read.

The three ladies shared main courses of Branzino, a 3-pound lobster and a New York strip steak with sides of creamless creamed spinach and kale potato. “They smiled happily for photos with fans,” a spy tells us. In a photo given to us by the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, the actress and activist is seen leaving the Myanmar Parliament building after meeting with the speaker of the lower house of the Burmese House of Representatives on the first day of her visit to the region.

Martha Stewart is set to release her 85th book, yet still found time to appear on the cover of Hamptons magazine’s Home & Garden issue to chat about snacks. “I serve many of these kinds of hors d’oeuvres — deviled eggs, cold soups in little cups, spicy shrimp, open-faced tarts,” said Stewart, whose “Appetizers” book hits stores Sept. 8. “They’re not fussy; they’re not what you’d get at a benefit or in New York City, but they’re delicious.” Kaitlyn Bristowe and “Bachelorette” winner Shawn Booth have only just publicly announced their coupling, and we hope this one defies the odds. Nothing makes a man more turned on,” she said, “than saying over the phone, ‘I’m in bed and this is what I wish was happening.’ ” Morgans Hotel Group on Thursday announced the launch of $15 room rates to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Hudson New York hotel.

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