Former wrestler and TV reality show star Terry “Hulk Hogan” Bollea has filed suit against Todd Clem, Bubba “The Love Sponge” and Clem’s former wife Heather for the release of a sex tape showing Hogan having intercourse with her, reports Southwest Florida Online.
A Federal suit against internet celebrity news site gawker.com was also filed Monday. Gawker has the tape and published a story and edited portion of the video earlier this month.
The six-year old explicit video showing Hogan having sex with Heather at Bubba Clem’s Tampa home was released in April. Gawker.com published a one-minute edited segment of the 30-minute video 10/4.
At the time of the video, Hogan was going through marriage difficulties with his wife at the time, Linda.
Hogan claims that Clem approved of the get together. Bubba, on his syndicated radio show 10/16, claims Hogan had been asking Clem about having sex with Clem’s wife prior to the incident and alleges Hogan “solicited sex.” Clem says it was a “consensual sex” arrangement between the three.
Clem is not indicating how the tape was released but says all parties knew what was going on, and the sex event was consensual. He did deny that he or his former wife released the tape.
Hogan and Clem were best friends, according to Clem. Hogan was the “best man” at Clem’s wedding. Clem says Hogan even used Clem’s pre-nuptial agreement when marrying his current wife. Clem said he begged Hogan last week not to file a lawsuit, but to work together to find out who released it.
Hogan claims he was video taped secretly and has filed a civil suit against Clem and Clem’s former wife for releasing the tape and a Federal suit against Gawker.com. Allegedly, a criminal complaint has also been filed seeking to find out who released the tape and to establish whether it was secretly taped. In the video, you can hear someone (reportedly Bubba) say that the couple can “do their thing” and he will be in his office.
RBR-TVBR observation: It certainly appears Hogan did not know he was being recorded, we’re not sure about Heather Clem. Warning, the video in the Gawker story is real and explicit.