Hogan fights to keep sex tape private

Posted at 1:39 PM, Oct 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-01 13:39:00-04

Media companies, including the Associated Press and ABC Action News parent company Scripps Media, are asking that a Florida judge unseal the records related to a suit between former wrestling star Hulk Hogan and the company that runs the tabloid website Gawker.

The request will be made formally and discussed in a hearing scheduled Thursday morning in downtown St. Petersburg.

Judge Pamela Campbell of Florida ruled last week that, for now, FBI records involving the video can only be seen by lawyers for Hogan and the news website Gawker.

Hogan, a former WWE wrestler whose real name is Terry Bollea, is suing Gawker for posting a video of him having sex with a woman who at the time was married to Hogan's friend.

The tape was leaked to Gawker, and the FBI investigated. Gawker filed a public records request in federal court for more information about the investigation, and the judge ordered it released. But when it was put into public record in the civil lawsuit, the judge sealed the records.