Bollea is suing Gawker Media, founder Nick Denton and former writer A.J. Daulerio for publishing a sex tape featuring Bollea. The Hulkster is seeking $100 million in the civil suit.
Bollea claims that the tape—which features Bollea having sex with his friend’s wife in 2006—hurt his reputation and destroyed his confidence. Gawker published the tape in 2012.
Gawker, meanwhile, says Bollea is a public figure and therefore the company is covered under the Constitution.
“We are defending the First Amendment against Hulk Hogan’s effort to create a world where celebrities can promote themselves around any topic, in this case sex, and then veto how the media covers their lives,” said Gawker Media, in a statement.