Hulk Hogan is fighting mad about his sex tape getting leaked online, and now the former pro wrestler wants payback.
Hogan admitted in two lawsuits Monday that he did indeed have (consensual) sex with his best friend Bubba the Love Sponge’s wife, Heather Clem (now Cole) , about six years ago in the ex couple’s Tampa home; however, he had no idea a camera was present. Hogan was still married to his ex wife, Linda Hogan, at the time.
“Mr. Hogan had a reasonable expectation of his privacy, just as all Americans have a reasonable expectation of their privacy in their bedrooms,” attorney Charles Harder said.
The video was posted on New York-based Gawker.com, from whom Hogan is seeking $100 million in damages. It’s unclear how the media company got the X-rated footage but Hogan, aka Terry Bollea, wants rights to it.
Apparently, Hogan and Bubba the Love Sponge (real name: Todd Clem) are no longer pals. In the civil suit against Heather and the Tampa Bay shock jock, Hogan claimed the video caused “severe and irreparable injury which cannot be adequately compensated by monetary damages.”
The 59-year-old WWE legend alleges that the sex tape that hit the Web earlier this month was leaked by Bubba, who said on his radio show Tuesday morning ( www.btls.com) that the muscle-bound mat king was completely aware he was on display and “brainwashed” Bubba into letting him have sex with his wife.
“You can’t play the victim like that,” the DJ said on his namesake program. “At the end of the day, I can’t even comment on the validity ... [Hulk] could have had something to do with the leak of it.”
Standing outside the federal court in Tampa, Hogan wore his signature black T-shirt, black pants and sunglasses while his attorneys spoke, reports the Associated Press. There was no comment from the onetime Hogan Knows Best star, 59.
Stephen Diaco, Bubba’s lawyer, told the AP that Hogan was the best man at the Clemses’ wedding and he is also a godfather to their child.
“My hope is that these two can preserve their friendship,” said Diaco. “I can’t comment on the suit. This has caused harm to Bubba and he didn’t release it, he didn’t condone the release of it. He wants to find out who did that and he wants that person to be held accountable.”
FYI: It is illegal in Florida to record someone without their permission; Hogan waited too long to file criminal charges.
Gawker.com claims the 30-minute romp was sent to them anonymously requesting no payment.