Hulk Hogan sues ex-wife Linda for defamation, seeks jury trial
Hulk Hogan's legal battles with his ex-wife appear to be far from over, as he is now suing her for defamation, namely over statements she made about him in her new book.
Linda Bollea says in her new autobiography, "Wrestling The Hulk: My Life Against the Ropes," that the semi-retired wrestling champion, who was born Terry Bollea, was physically abusive toward her during their almost 24-year marriage. She calls her ex-husband a "pathological liar" and a "narcissist" and also discusses their sex life openly, adding that she suspected that he cheated on her.
The book was released in June. Bollea has in recent months promoted it and talked about her relationship with Hogan in press appearances. She also said on the radio show "Matty P's Radio Happy Hour" in April that "a little bird told" her that Hogan had engaged in an "intimate relationship" with a male wrestler.
Hogan says in his lawsuit, filed at a Florida court on Thursday, December 8, and obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com, that his ex-wife's comments about spousal abuse and violence are false and that her statement regarding him "having engaged in intimate homosexual relations is false, defamatory and uttered with malice afterthought."
The wrestling stars adds that Bollea's comments caused him to "suffer great embarrassment and emotional stress," harmed his reputation and "exposed him to distrust, hatred, contempt and ridicule and tendered to injure him in his occupation and business."
Hogan is suing his ex-wife for unspecified "punitive, general and special damages" and "demands a trial by jury," according to the lawsuit.
Bollea became a reality star after appearing with Hogan and their two children on the VH1 show "Hogan Knows Best," which ended in 2007, the year she filed for divorce. She uses her ex-husband's stage last name on the cover of the book, which reads "Linda Hogan" in large letters. Hogan says in his lawsuit that he thinks Bollea wrote the book "in an effort to revive her sagging 'career.'"
The pair's marriage formally ended in 2009. After their split, Bollea began dating a younger man, Charley, and Hogan became involved with a woman named Jennifer, who he later wed.
It was revealed last month that Bollea received $7.44 million - more than 70 percent of the pair's liquid assets - as part of the divorce settlement. She does not receive alimony.
Hogan has not commented about the matter but last month Tweeted: "Thank God any negative or blood sucking vampires are dead and gone in my new life."