We have been covering the Hulk Hogan saga since the sex scandal broke back in 2013. In March of 2016, a jury awarded Hogan around $115 million in damages from Gawker Media for leaking the sex tape. Now, Hogan is back for more.
Hulk Hogan is suing Mike Calta also known as Cowhead who is the current morning host on Tamps 102.5 The Bone – Bubbas old station, Bubbas former co-host Matt Loyd also known as Spice Boy and Cox Radio.
The complaint against Cowhead and Spice Boy from Hogan was that both men were involved in a conspiracy to ruin Hogan’s reputation and to extort him as well as violating Florida’s Security of Communications Act. Calta and Loyd refused to answer the allegations from Hogan and have been ordered by the judge to respond within 20 days. Hogan is seeking unspecified damages claiming the tape ruined his 35-year professional wrestling career.
Netflix Documentary, NOBODY SPEAK: Trials of the Free Press was just recently released.
In 2015, Hulk Hogan sued the news website Gawker for posting a sex tape featuring him in bed with Heather Clem, then wife of his best friend, Bubba the Love Sponge. The jury awarded Hogan $140 million in damages which forced Gawker to shut down. Last year, Gawker settled with Hulk aka Terry Bollea for $31 million.
Despite the ridiculous elements of the trial — seeing Hulk Hogan on the witness stand, dressed in all black, including his trademark bandana — it turned out to be a tremendously important First Amendment case. The trial was quintessentially American in its mix of absurdity and massive implications.
Details of the Gawker case read like something out of a Saturday Night Live sketch. Hogan reportedly knew he was being filmed, and he later joked about the tape to Howard Stern. Hogan bragged about his sexual performance to Stern but insisted that was a part of the character Hulk Hogan, not the real Terry Bollea, who was personally traumatized by the leak. Hulk was accused of being racist after the audio version of the sex tape came out – which very well may have negatively impacted his life and future employment opportunities.
During the trail, Michael Sullivan, Gawker’s lawyer played an audio clip in which Hogan is discussing the size of his penis while appearing as a guest on The Howard Stern Show.
Sullivan asked if there’s any doubt as to whether Hogan is referring to the length of his manhood.
“Well, it’s not mine, because mine isn’t that size, but we were discussing the length of Hulk Hogan’s.”
An exasperated and dumbfounded Sullivan only responded with one word. “Seriously?”
“No, seriously, I do not have a 10-inch penis. No, I do not. Seriously. Believe that. Seriously,” Hogan responded.
The Hogan trial eventually bankrupted Gawker and its co-founder Nick Denton. So how could the Hulkster, who wasn’t exactly at his peak financially while all this was going down, possibly afford his expensive legal counsel?
Well, it turns out his legal expenses were bankrolled by tech mogul (PayPal founder), billionaire and Trump supporter Peter Thiel, who was outed by Gawker as being gay. Did Thiel use Hogan as revenge against Gawker? The new documentary Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press, currently streaming on Netflix, uses the Gawker lawsuit as its theoretical jumping-off point. It explores how the case is symptomatic of a much larger issue facing journalism. The documentary does cover Donald Trump in a negative light, portraying him as a threat to the status quo of journalism. Lambasting him for repeatedly taking about “fake news” during his rise to the presidency.
“I want to say, I am so happy that Hulk Hogan won the case against Gawker, and I’ll tell you why,” he said.
As an advocate for free speech — well, mostly just his free speech, he admitted — Stern said he thinks Gawker’s attempt to make the case about free speech is “a total load of” words unfit to print.
“I truly believe that you can’t just say this is a free speech issue,” he said. “This is the same as Erin Andrews being in a hotel room and some guy drilling a hole in the wall. You can’t take a tape of somebody that is illegally made and just post it on your website and say this is news and free speech.
“It isn’t. It’s an invasion of privacy.”
Most disturbing to Stern, he conceded on air, was that it could have been him on that tape. More than once, Clem had propositioned Stern to have sex with his now ex-wife, just like he’d done to Hulk Hogan.
But Stern just thought he was kidding.
“Oh, I would die if there was a sex tape of me,” Stern said. “I would be humiliated.”
Bubba said he would still would like to be Hulks friend.
“I did something that I’ll pay for for the rest of my life. I don’t necessarily know that I would expect him to ever forgive me and what I did, but I own it, I did it. It’s tough to know that I made that decision in life, for whatever reason and there’s a lot more than I can’t talk about.”
Bubba said he has some things to bring up too. He thinks Howard has been angry with him, refusing to respond to his emails. Howard said he really was not. Bubba continued saying his crew has begged to come back to SiriusXM and Howard has said no to Bubba being on Howard 101.
Hulk Hogan has endured plenty of physical trauma in his many years as a professional wrestler, but it was the dishonesty of Bubba The Love Sponge who allegedly leaked a tape of Hogan having sex with his wife that hurt the most.
“It was a tough situation. It’s probably the hardest I’ve ever been kicked, bar none,” Hogan said of the sex tape leak. “But at the end of the day it’s all about choices.”
Despite the situation, Hulk refrained from speaking ill of Bubba at all, explaining that he’d prefer to live in the present and accept the situation as playing a larger role in his destiny.
“It is what it is,” he said. “At the end of the day, the pros are handling it, and no matter what it is, I understand people. And for whatever reason, I forgive him. I forgive myself for the choices we’ve made. I can’t hate, brother. That’s not my deal. Can’t do it.”
Former WWF Wrestler and Sex Tape Star Hulk Hogan filed another lawsuit today. It alleges medical malpractice against the Tampa Laser Spine Institute claiming he lost more than $50 million that he could have made if it wasnt fo negligent conduct and unnecessary surgical procedures.
According to the press release, the lawsuit suggests that between February 2009 and August 2010, Hogan had many unnecessary surgical procedures that destabilized his already existing back injuries which severely mitigated his entertainment and athletic career.
The Tampa Laser Spine Institute released a statement in response to Hogan`s lawsuit, “Laser Spine Institute acknowledges the filing of the lawsuit. Laser Spine Institute cares about its patients and their outcomes, and is proud to have helped thousands of patients achieve a better quality of life by delivering optimal surgical outcomes. Laser Spine Institute has a unique patient-centric approach that starts with in-depth consultation to determine the best care options for each patient.”
Brent Hatley producer of The Bubba the Love Sponge Show wasn’t too impressed: “Could Hulk Hogan be more litigious? He sure does love to sue. Always with a hand out, never wanting to actually work.”
Hulkamania is bringing his sex tape back to life. Hulk recently refiled his $100 million lawsuit in Florida court just months after he asked a judge to dismiss his prior lawsuit in federal court.
TMZ reported Hulk decided to dismiss his federal suit in order to combine his claim against Gawker and Bubba the Love Sponge’s ex-wife, Heather Clem, into one case. Hulk says he was secretly filmed in Bubbas house and that Heather had a role in leaking the footage to the website.
The suit Hogan filed against radio host Bubba the Love Sponge was settled out of court, forcing Bubba to apologized on air. Given the divorce between Bubba and Heather, it seems the shock jock doesn’t mind watching his ex-wife get thrown into the massive lawsuit.
After settling the sex tape lawsuit with Hulk Hogan, Bubba Clem offers a formal apology:
“After further investigation, I am now convinced that Hulk Hogan was unaware of the presence of the recording device in my bedroom. I am convinced that he had no knowledge that he was being taped. Additionally, I am certain that he had no role in the release of the video. It is my belief that Terry is not involved, and has not ever been involved, in trying to release the video, or exploit it, or otherwise gain from the video’s release in any way.
Regrettably, when Hulk filed the lawsuit against me, I instinctively went on the offensive. The things that I said about him and his children were not true. I was wrong and I am deeply sorry for my reaction, and for the additional pain it cause Hulk and his children on top of the pain that they were already feeling from having learned that Terry was taped without his knowledge, and the public release of the video.
I am committed to helping Hulk and his attorneys find whoever is responsible for the release of the tape and holding them accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
Hulk Hogan plans on suing his best friend, Bubba the Love Sponge for recording him having sex with his ex-wife, Heather Clem without his consent and leaking the adult movie for profit.
According to TMZ, Hogan plans on suing Heather Clem and Bubba who he believes conspired to film the sexual encounter without his acknowledgment. The lawsuit will be in Florida on the ground of invasion of privacy. In the tape you can hear Bubba entering the room briefly after Hogan leaves saying to Heather, “If we ever did want to retire, all we’d have to do is use this footage.”
Heather fired back at him, “You’d never do that.” Bubba responds to his wife, “I wouldn’t do that, you’d be the biggest rat, you’d be dead.”
In addition to suing his former best friend, Hulk’s attorney says the wrestler is seeking $100 MILLION in damages from Gawker stemming from the leaked footage. It’s unclear what he’s seeking from Bubba and Bubba’s ex Heather Clem.
It’s proving to be quite the soap opera, and now the latest in the Hulk Hogan sex tape saga is that the video was reportedly leaked by ‘an unhappy ex-employee of his best friend Bubba the Love Sponge.’
Despite the reporting by Howard 100 News Reporter Jon Lieberman who claimed there would be no criminal charges from the sex tape leak, Hogan plans to contact the FBI over the tape.
With rumors that Shock Jock Bubba the Love Sponge may have leaked the tape, Hogan is determined to get to the bottom of who sent it to Gawker.
A source told TMZ that Hogan had tried to report the crime to local police in Florida but because of the statute of limitations and the nature of the offence, officers could not help him.
Hogan’s lawyer added the wrestler will meet agents on Monday.
Meanwhile source told Radar: ‘Even though Bubba knew how much the Hulk sex tape would be worth, he didn’t stab his friend in the back and he’s not the one who released it.
‘It’s a former employee of Bubba’s who was outraged when he left Sirius to go back to terrestrial radio. He wanted payback.’
The source added: ‘Bubba didn’t secure the tape properly and showed it to a bunch of people. And that’s why they’re all in this mess now.’
Yesterday Howard Stern sounded convinced that Bubba the Love Sponge was the one who leaked the Hulk Hogan sex tape to Gawker.
TMZ has seen the last few minutes of Hulk’s leaked sex tape in which he bangs Bubba’s wife Heather Clem. It’s very clear Bubba was in on it. Moments after the deed is done and Hulk leaves, Bubba says to his wife, “If we ever did want to retire, all we’d have to do is use this footage.”
His wife shoots back, “You’d never do that.” Bubba then tries to recover, saying, “I wouldn’t do that, you’d be the biggest rat, you’d be dead.”
Today an attorney for Hogan filed legal papers at the Clearwater Police Department, asking detectives to help track down the culprit who invaded the 59 year old’s privacy and recorded him without permission. Hulk said, “It’s appalling. It’s flipped my life totally upside down… Jennifer is rattled, to say the least. She’s not part of this media life. It’s something devastating to me, I’ve never been through anything on this level.”l.”