The entertainment website Gawker.com has removed an excerpt of a Hulk Hogan sex video it had posted online, but it is defying a local judge's order to remove an accompanying article.
Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Pamela Campbell issued a temporary injunction this week, saying Gawker should remove both the video and an accompanying written description of what happens on the video. The video shows the professional wrestler Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, and Heather Clem, ex-wife of radio shock jockBubba the Love Sponge Clem.
Campbell said in the hearing that Hogan could suffer "irreparable harm," and that "the public interest will definitely be served by granting this public and temporary injunction," according to a transcript posted on the website.
Even though Gawker "vehemently" opposes the judge's order, it did remove the video pending an appeal. But it continued to post the written description about the sex tape, saying the order against it was "grossly unconstitutional."
Gawker later posted an article titled "A Judge Told Us to Take Down Our Hulk Hogan Sex Tape Post. We Won't."