Hulk Hogan testified before a courtroom in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Monday afternoon. After a sex tape of Hogan with his former best friend’s then-wife was leaked on Gawker, the former pro wrestler is suing the website for $100 million.
In his evidence, Hogan, who was dressed in a black bandana, a matching suit, and a silver cross around his neck, alleged that he was set up by his former best buddy, Todd Clem, a Florida radio DJ, and his then-wife, Heather, sometime between 2006 and 2007. Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, also claimed that the two tried to persuade him to have sex with Heather Clem on several occasions.
“It caught me off guard. It was very weird because I had never been approached like that,” he said on the stand. “I felt like those people cared about me. I bottomed up. I gave up, gave in and let my guard down and it just happened.”
“My gut was telling me that this was off. This was wrong,” Hogan continued.
Hogan claimed on the stand Monday that he had no idea a sex tape was being made when he had sex with Heather Clem during “a low point in my life” when he was having marital issues with his then-wife, Linda. After 26 years of marriage, the couple divorced in 2009. Jennifer McDaniel is Hogan’s new wife.
Hogan stated he “refused to believe” he was set up by his former best buddy, Todd Clem, when TMZ informed him of the sex footage, which Gawker ultimately published on its website in 2012.
“Every time I approached him…he kept saying, ‘No I didn’t,'” Hogan remembered. “I refused to believe he would do this to me. No one would do this to another person.”
Hulk Hogan ‘settles $110m sex tape lawsuit’
March 23, 2020
Hulk Hogan’s sex tape lawsuit has apparently been resolved for $110 million (£94 million).
According to Bay News 9’s Josh Rojas, Hogan settled for an unknown sum to avoid a jury trial, which was scheduled to begin in January 2021.
The defendants are prohibited from “possessing” and “publishing” video or audio content of Hogan “naked,” “having sex,” and/or having “private conversations in a private bedroom,” according to court orders signed by radio personality Matthew Christian Lloyd, his ex-wife, Tasha Nicole Carrega, attorney Keith M. Davidson, and the Keith David & Associates firm.
The orders were also signed by the former WWE Superstar.
In 2016, a jury in Pinellas County determined that the website Gawker had violated Hulk’s privacy by posting the sex footage, and ordered the company to pay $141 million (£121 million) in damages.
The newspaper paid for $31 million and went bankruptcy in 2012, but Hogan received the balance from Cox Radio DJs Mike ‘Cowhead’ Calta and Matt ‘Spiceboy’ Loyd – whom he accused of invasion of privacy – on Thursday.
Hogan was unlawfully taped in 2007 and uttered the n-word “during a momentary lapse in judgment at a very difficult time in his life, while having a private conversation in his then-best friend’s bedroom,” according to the lawsuit.
Calta allegedly had his agent release the footage, according to a complaint filed by Hogan. Loyd allegedly took the DVDs from Clem’s studio, made duplicates, and disseminated clips, according to Tampa police. Loyd used to work for Clem before he got his show 102.5 The Bone WHPT.
‘I can’t believe I just ate,’ Hulk says as he hits his stomach in the famed video. ‘I feel like a pig.’
The National Enquirer revealed the sex tape in 2015, prompting WWE to break relations with Hogan and remove him from its Hall of Fame.
During an appearance on The View, Hulk addressed his use of racial slurs, admitting it was “probably the stupidest thing I ever said.”
He added: ‘The people who know me know I’m not a racist.’