Tattle: Hulk Hogan sues 'Love Sponge' over sex tape

Hulk Hogan heads to court in Florida. He is suing over a sex tape that was secretly recorded six years ago.
Hulk Hogan heads to court in Florida. He is suing over a sex tape that was secretly recorded six years ago. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Posted: October 17, 2012

REALITY TV star and do-rag-wearing former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan is suing Tampa Bay, Fla.-based disc jockey Bubba "The Love Sponge" Clem, the DJ's ex-wife Heather Clem, and the gossip website Gawker after a sex tape involving Hulk and Heather was posted online.

Hulk said in two suits that he had consensual sex with his BFF's then-wife, Heather (because what are best friends for), about six years ago in the Clems' home, while he was still married to his wife Linda, but he didn't know he was being secretly recorded.

"Mr. Hogan had a reasonable expectation of his privacy, just as all Americans have a reasonable expectation of their privacy in their bedrooms," attorney Charles Harder said.

Uh, it wasn't his bedroom.

And, really, the sex-tape lawyer is named Harder?

It's like a parody of a parody.

The video was posted on Gawker, from which Hogan is seeking $100 million in damages.

It's unclear who gave the video to Gawker.

In the suit against the Clems, Hogan claimed the video caused "severe and irreparable injury which cannot be adequately compensated by monetary damages."

Hogan is seeking the rights to the video in both lawsuits.

Stephen Diaco, a lawyer for Bubba, said Hogan was the best man at the Clem wedding and he is also a godfather to Clem's child.

"My hope is that these two can preserve their friendship," Diaco said. "I can't comment on the suit. This has caused harm to Bubba and he didn't release it, he didn't condone the release of it. He wants to find out who did that and he wants that person to be held accountable."

It is illegal in Florida to record someone without their permission, but Hogan waited too long to file criminal charges.

Today in censorship

* According to an article on Slate.com, the Lifeway Christian bookstore chain has banned a book because it has the word "vagina."

Although unfortunate, nothing too surprising there. The surprising part is that the book is from Christian publisher Thomas Nelson and is Rachel Held Evans' A Year of Biblical Womanhood, which follows her living like the New Testament toldeth her to, including "submitting" to her husband.

The book's full title - A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband "Master."

So a woman attempts to live like the Good Book tells her to and Lifeway still bans her because of the mention of a body part.

Yo, Lifeway, Mary Magdalene had one. Mother Mary, too.

"If Christian bookstores stuck to their own ridiculous standards," Evans wrote, "they wouldn't be able carry the freaking Bible."

The "freaking" Bible is a little randier than the King James version.

Although Evans was originally willing to remove the naughty word from her manuscript in something akin to spaying a book, a reader campaign on Amazon.com, "Team Vagina" T-shirts and the coining of the term "Vaginagate" got her to leave the word in, consequences be damned.

Oh, sorry.

* Meanwhile, in South Korea, a national censorship board has given the Marquis de Sade's 1785 book 120 Days of Sodom a second read and has lifted the ban on the book.

Although the racy book, which follows four rich French libertines through orgies, pedophilia and rape, remained unpublished until the early 1900s, it took until August 2012 to hit South Korea.

The novel, accused by Seoul authorities of "triggering . . . violent excitement," was then banned Sept. 6. The ban was lifted Oct. 11.

Commission official J ang Tag-Hwan said Monday the group decided that the work - written by Sade while he was imprisoned in Paris' Bastille prison - also explored hard truths about mankind and "attempted to delve into the inner side of human greed."

Alas, in North Korea they're still waiting for the ban to be lifted on Sade's "Smooth Operator."

TATTBITS

* Jamaica is honoring reggae star Peter Tosh 25 years after his murder during a robbery.

Tosh's daughter Niambe received the posthumous "order of merit" on Monday for her father's musical contributions during a national awards ceremony. It's Jamaica's third-highest honor.

Tosh is one of Jamaica's musical giants. He was a founding member of the Wailers, forming the three-man core of the group with Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer. Tosh left the band in 1973.

Tosh, a marijuana advocate, helped make reggae known internationally.

Still, Tattle hears the government's vote was a spliff decision.

* Former "Bachelorette" Ashley Hebert and fiance J.P. Rosenbaum have signed a deal with ABC to film their marriage ceremony.

"The Bachelorette: Ashley and J.P.'s Wedding" will air in December. It will include everything from Hebert's dress-fitting and wedding planning to the bachelor and bachelorette parties.

Well, some of the bachelor and bachelorette parties.

Ashley, 28, is a dentist here in Philadelphia. J.P., 35, works in construction in New York.

* Former stock broker Mark Hotton, who has been accused of swindling the producers of a Broadway adaptation of "Rebecca," has pleaded not guilty in New York state to fraud and money-laundering charges in a separate case.

Hotton entered the plea Monday in federal court on Long Island. He was ordered held without bail after prosecutors argued he was a flight risk.

And last night he dreamed he went to Manderley again.

Barbara Walters says she will interview Lindsay Lohan next month for "20/20" on ABC.

It must be Barbara's "Ten Least Interesting People of the Year."

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.


Email gensleh@phillynews.com.

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