Hulk Hogan sues Gawker and Bubba The Love Sponge for $100 mill over sex tape

Hulk Hogan filed two lawsuits in Tampa, Florida yesterday over his lackluster sex tape, which was published in part by Gawker a couple of weeks ago. Hulk held a press conference with two of his lawyers explaining the separate lawsuits, one against Gawker and another against joint defendants, Hulk’s friend Bubba the Love Sponge and his ex wife, Heather Clem, whom Hulk was unenthusiastically boning in the tape. Hulk is seeking $100 million in damages from Gawker and an as of yet unknown amount from Bubba and Heather.

When Hulk’s lawyer explained the lawsuit (video of the press conference is on TMZ and below), I was smirking at first at the details. Watching a lawyer talk about a sex tape all serious-like was amusing for me. That’s why they make the big bucks. Then he went into detail of how this was a violation of Hulk’s personal rights and I did agree with him. Here’s part of what he said:

The allegations in that lawsuit state that approximately six years ago the Clems secretly videotaped Mr. Hogan having private, consensual intimate relations in a private bedroom. Mr. Hogan had no knowledge that he was being videotaped, he did not consent to the taping because he didn’t know about it, he would never have permitted it. Mr. Hogan had a reasonable expectation of his privacy just as all Americans have a reasonable expectation of their privacy in their bedrooms.

The actions of the defendants was illegal, it was outrageous, and it exceeded the bounds of human decency.

The second lawsuit filed today… was filed against Gawker media… it alleges that the defendants posted excerpts of the videotape at their website,, for the purpose of obtaining financial profit at the expense of Mr. Hogan and in violation of his right to privacy. After Gawker was notified by Mr. Hogan’s legal counsel that he had been secretly videotaped, that he had never consented to any part of that video, and after he and his legal counsel demanded repeatedly that Gawker remove that video from its website, Gawker refused to do so… The acts of Gawker media are illegal, outrageous and exceed the bounds of human decency. The lawsuit against Gawker seeks damages in the amount of $100 million dollars.

The two lawsuits also seek an order transferring all rights to that video to Mr. Hogan.

So basically Hulk was taped against his will and knowledge. It’s clear that Heather knew the sex was being taped since Bubba tells her afterward thatIf we ever did want to retire, all we’d have to do is use this footage” and Heather yells at him for it, saying “I wouldn’t do that, you’d be the biggest rat.” The tape was first leaked earlier this year, back when Bubba and Heather were divorcing, which suggests that it was Bubba who leaked it out of retaliation. I doubt Heather was in on it. It didn’t get mainstream coverage until Gawker picked it up. TMZ admits seeing it in full.

Is it possible for me to both feel like this was a violation for Hulk (even though I can’t stand the guy) and to feel sorry for Gawker? I do. They have good lawyers there, they know what they’re doing, and they had warning to remove the tape. So maybe I shouldn’t care as much, but I still hope they aren’t hit with huge damages. I like that they’re ballsy and don’t step down, they stood up to Scientology’s lawyers well before anyone else was willing to, but maybe this was a miscalculation.

Gawker hasn’t responded to this lawsuit on their website. They did defend themselves right after they released the footage, statin, in part, “So Hulk Hogan’s all mad, but I do hope he takes a moment to appreciate how much worse the coverage of his half-hour sex rodeo would be if it had been acquired by another outlet desperate to score another Exclusive to keep their dim lights shining.” So it could have been worse I guess. Then that other outlet would be the one getting sued.

Oh and Hulk has contacted the FBI over this tape. I’m sure they have much better things to do, but I guess this is under the FBI’s jurisdiction due to the way the footage was distributed.

Here’s Hulk Hogan’s press conference:

Heather and Bubba in 2010

Hulk and his new wife Jennifer in January, 2012

Photo credit: FameFlynet and

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13 Responses to “Hulk Hogan sues Gawker and Bubba The Love Sponge for $100 mill over sex tape”

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  1. fabgrrl says:

    I think Hulk Hogan is totally in the right to sue Gawker and the Love Sponge. But I feel like suing Ms. Clem is going too far. Clearly, she wasn’t planning to release the tape for profit. Yes, in all fairness, she should have informed Hulk that they were being recorded. But I feel like this poor woman has been through enough with her douche ex-husband.

  2. Elina says:

    The NAME “Bubba the Love Sponge” makes me want to hurl….gross!!

  3. Cam S says:

    He should sue! His friend and his wife set him up. I’ll never get over the fact that Hulk married a clone of his daughter. I forget what gossip site it was on that viewed THE WHOLE TAPE and said that Hulk goes on a racist rant. Very interesting indeed

  4. judyjudy says:

    Good for him. And how stupid is this Bubba guy to release the tape without removing the clip of himself admitting his plans to release the tape for money?

  5. B says:

    What I don’t get is, if it was Bubba who leaked it, why didn’t he cut out the last part where he is supposedly heard saying that if they sold the tape they would make good bucks. This makes it look as if it was someone else who leaked it (his wife?) and wanted to make it look as if he is the obvious culprit. Not that he wouldn’t sell it, but I would imagine that if he did, he would have edited that last part of himself out….

    • moncheechee says:

      totally agree. also, i dont see “bubba” leaking the tape to gawker. it doesnt seem to jibe.

  6. Sweet Dee says:

    What kind of an a–hole wears a shirt with his own name on it?

  7. Bonfire Beach says:

    “It’s outrageous, it’s egregious, it’s preposterous!” – Jackie Chiles

  8. abby says:

    Bubba did not release it. Hogan knew about the tape, and when Bubba said that about selling the tape, Hogan was in earshot. I listen to his radio show, and Bubba is a sarcastic, self-deprecating guy. Bubba wants to know who stole it and released it himself.

    But Hogan knew about the tape. He’s only doing this because his wife is upset and to protect his job/image. He doesn’t get sympathy if he knew about it. He was the one who wanted to sleep with Heather, and Bubba finally okayed it.

  9. Relli says:

    Hmm i very much believe one of the z-listers in this is the leaker.

    Once upon time i worked in radio as a sales rep; mid size market, fly over state with 5 stations and these people were the most fame hanger-oners and wannabes ever. Most of the on air talent were has-beens or almost beens, the former espn reporter and the local dj who went from overnights to mid-dAys. They always bragged about the famous people they knew and connections they had, whose quasi-famous home they had been to or seen pictures of. In short a radio dj in a small town is glamourous and it could have been anyone in the sponges posse or even his ex.

    In that short above mentioned stint i also met this woman who although attractive was a pathological liar, narcissistic and literally traded her body for work. In the 6 months she worked there she did the statiin manager for a job then a homely country AM dj for unpaid on air spot for a little taste of fame. She also hooked up with this dude from
    Emerson Road and anyone else somewhat famous including a CNN camera guy.

  10. Kosmos says:

    No one should be videotaped without their knowledge, period.

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