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Gawker refuses court order in Hogan sex tape suit

CLEARWATER - Editors at the gossip website Gawker say they're not complying with a Florida court order to remove material related to a privacy lawsuit involving former pro wrestler and Clearwater resident Hulk Hogan. Pinellas County Judge Pamela A.M. Campbell issued an order Wednesday. It tells Gawker to remove a video of Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, having sex with the ex-wife of disc jockey Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, as well as a 1,400-word narrative and hundreds of user-submitted comments. The site took down the video, but the narrative and comments remain (http://bit.ly/182htvE ). Gawker's attorney, Gregg Thomas, says the order infringes on the website's First Amendment rights.
Hogan's attorney, Charles J. Harder, told The Associated Press he's filing a motion asking the judge to find Gawker in civil contempt of court and impose sanctions.