Pro wrestler Hulk Hogan sues gossip site over sex tape

NEW YORK Wed Oct 17, 2012 3:50am IST

Wrestler Hulk Hogan poses for a photo as a fan also poses as he walks in the Los Angeles Convention Center while on site to promote Majesco Entertainment's ''Hulk Hogan's Main Event'' video game on Kinect for Xbox 360 during the Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3 in Los Angeles June 7, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/Files

Wrestler Hulk Hogan poses for a photo as a fan also poses as he walks in the Los Angeles Convention Center while on site to promote Majesco Entertainment's ''Hulk Hogan's Main Event'' video game on Kinect for Xbox 360 during the Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3 in Los Angeles June 7, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Danny Moloshok/Files

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Professional wrestler Hulk Hogan has sued gossip website Gawker for $100 million for posting excerpts of a sex tape featuring Hogan and the wife of his best friend.

Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, has also filed a lawsuit against the woman, Heather Clem, and her ex-husband, radio shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge, claiming they videotaped him without his knowledge.

The posting of the video earlier this month "constitutes a shameful and outrageous invasion of plaintiff's right of privacy by a group of loathsome defendants who have no regard for human dignity and care only about maximizing their revenues and profits at the expense of all others," said the lawsuit against Gawker, which was filed Monday in Tampa federal court.

The video depicted Hogan and Clem having sex in her bedroom while she was still married. It was recorded six years ago, according to the lawsuits.

"Plaintiff has spent considerable time and effort developing his career as a professional champion wrestler and developing his brand," the lawsuit against Clem and Bubba, whose real name is Todd Clem, said, noting that Hogan is a "12-time world wrestling champion."

Cameron Stracher, a lawyer for Gawker, said he believes the suit is meritless and will ask a judge to throw the case out.

"He's having sex with another man's wife in another man's home," he added. "I'm not sure it's reasonable to say he has an expectation of privacy under the circumstances."

The lawsuit against Gawker seeks $100 million in damages. The lawsuit against the Clems, filed in Pinellas County, Florida, does not specify an amount.

Stephen Diaco, a lawyer for Bubba, said Hogan knew there was a tape of the encounter, despite his claim that he was unaware, and that Bubba had nothing to do with its release.

"Bubba is a victim; Heather is a victim," he said. "Bubba does not know who released this tape."

It was not immediately clear whether Heather Clem had retained an attorney in the matter.

The two men have long been close; Hogan was the best man at the Clems' wedding and is a godfather to their son, Diaco said.

Hogan told radio host Howard Stern during a recent appearance on his show that Bubba gave him permission to have sex with his wife.

(Reporting by Joseph Ax; Editing by Bob Burgdorfer)

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Ten Years On

Ten Years On

10 years on, tsunami warning stumbles at the "last mile".  Full Article 

Exit Polls

Exit Polls

BJP unlikely to form Jammu & Kashmir govt - polls.  Full Article 

Forceful Conversions

Forceful Conversions

BJP distances itself from religious conversions.  Full Article 

Hopeful Dhoni

Hopeful Dhoni

India's new vintage nearly ready, says Dhoni.  Full Article 

Photo

Fund Raising

Flipkart raises $700 million in fresh funding.   Full Article 

Reforms Push

Reforms Push

Modi may order insurance, coal reforms if vote delayed - officials.  Full Article 

Ali Hospitalized

Ali Hospitalized

Boxing great Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia.  Full Article 

Going International

Going International

Bollywood’s Priyanka Chopra sets sights on American TV.  Full Article 

India This Week

India This Week

Some of our best photos from this week.   Full Coverage 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device   Full Coverage