According to Hogan’s lawyer, the star suffered the “ultimate betrayal” when his best friend filmed him having sex six years ago. “He feels absolutely betrayed,” lawyer David Houston said.
“Hulk is very concerned that a new sex tape could emerge,” a source close to the family revealed to the website. “The family is absolutely mortified their name has been sullied in such a tacky way. They never imagined that Hulk could drag them into such an embarrassing situation.”
Houston went on, revealing that “sources” have informed him that the secret recording involving his client ends with Bubba the Love Sponge discussing the recording’s potential value with wife Heather Clem, reports The New York Daily News.
Hogan’s lawyer has already contacted police in Florida to learn about issues of jurisdiction ahead of filing a police report to start a criminal investigation.
He said the actor intends to file a civil lawsuit against Gawker.com after the website posted an edited version of the leaked footage.
The suit, expected in federal court in Florida, will reportedly include charges of invasion of privacy, damage to reputation and damage to commercial viability.
“We think whatever lawful means are available for redress should be put into play. That’s what Hulk wants to do,” Houston told reporters.
“New York may be best jurisdiction for the criminal case,” Houston said. “We’re in Florida initially to figure that out,” he added.
Hogan, 59, told NBC’s “Today” show that the leaked recording happened during a “low point” in his failing marriage to ex-wife Linda Hogan.
“It’s just something that has devastated me and totally … I’ve never been on something on this level,” he told the hosts.
“Things were bottomed out completely,” he said. “I was with some friends, and I made a wrong choice. And now all of a sudden it surfaces, you know over six years later, and it’s just appalling.”
Hogan went on, revealing that the tape scandal has “rattled” his new wife Jennifer McDaniel, whom he married in 2010.
The wrestling star tried to explain the kinky love triangle to Howard Stern Tuesday using a thinly veiled euphemism.
“Let’s say I’ve been doing laundry, brother, for this person forever, and all of a sudden this person hates the way I do laundry.”
“And that person says, ‘You suck. I hate you. F-you every single day. I hate the way you do laundry. I’m going to find somebody else to do laundry. Somebody younger, faster, stronger,’” he said, clearly taking a jab at his ex-wife.”
He continued: “But my buddy, you know, him and his girl say, ‘Hey, you can do our laundry any time you want!’ Both of them are saying that.”
“Finally after the person I was doing laundry with for millions and millions of years left, and all of a sudden there was nobody there to do laundry, I was depressed… I go to my buddy’s house and he says, ‘Hey man you can do this other person’s laundry that I’m partners with.’ I said, ‘Sure.’”