Hulk Hogan sues best friend Bubba the Love Sponge over leaked sex tape

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With friends like these, who needs enemies? Hulk Hogan announced today that he is suing his longtime pal, radio disc jockey Bubba the Love Sponge, for secretly videotaping him having sex with Bubba’s wife Heather Clem in 2006 while he was still married to Linda Hogan. A copy of the 30-minute intimate act was sent to Gawker.com, which published an edited 90-second snippet on its site October 4. Although it’s unclear how much the pro wrestler (real name: Terry Bollea) wants from Bubba, he is also suing Gawker for $100 million.

In the lawsuit, Hogan, 59, states he "had a reasonable expectation of privacy in his consensual, intimate activities in a private bedroom and reasonably believed that his privacy was safe and protected." His attorney adds that Bubba and Heather Clem’s actions were “illegal, outrageous, and exceeded the bounds of human decency."

Bubba has adamantly denied he had any involvement in the taping or distribution of the sex tape between his best friend and his wife, which was recorded at his Florida home as he sat in his office. That goes against what is heard and seen at the end of the tape. "If we ever did want to retire, all we'd have to do is use this," Bubba told his wife after Hogan left their residence, according to TMZ. Clem responded, “You’d never do that,” to which he retorted, “I wouldn’t do that.” After seeing the story on TMZ, Hogan called in to the site’s online show and said hearing his friend’s words made him “sick to my stomach.”

After the sex tape made the rounds on the Internet, an embarrassed Hogan – who is now married to Jennifer McDaniels – told Howard Stern in an interview that Bubba allowed him to have sex with Clem because his relationship with first wife Linda was deteriorating. “I considered both people close friends,” he said of the couple. “There was ongoing dialogue over two years about this. I said, ‘Honestly, give me a break, stop, you’re joking.’ It was almost to a point of being funny. And then when I bottomed out, when my whole personal life was, you know, I was in a bad situation with … I knew my marriage was really screwed up bad … verbal and mental abuse.”

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