Hulk Hogan has decided to call off his $100 million lawsuit against Gawker over a leaked sex tape and refile it in Florida state court, where he’s also doing battle with sex tape partner Heather Clem (pictured below with former husband Bubba the Love Sponge).
The battle between Hogan and Gawker began in October 2012, when the gossip site posted a one minute and 40 second clip of a sex tape starring Hulk and Clem. The former wrestler immediately called in his lawyers to file a lawsuit in a bid to have the footage taken down.
Hulk Hogan also claims that Clem, the ex-wife of radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge, played a role in leaking the footage to the media.
According to TMZ, Hulk has now dismissed his original lawsuit “without prejudice”, which has allowed him to refile it again.
Hulk Hogan, who always claimed he was unaware that his romp with Clem was filmed, also brought a lawsuit against former best friend Bubba, who said Hogan had deliberately leaked the tape for publicity purposes. The radio DJ and wrestler later settled the suit, and Bubba released an apology letter in which he revoked his previous claims. Part of the letter read:
“It is my belief that Hulk is not involved, and has not ever been involved, in trying to release the video, or exploit it, or otherwise gain from the video’s release in any way. [I am] committed to helping Hulk and his attorneys find whoever is responsible for the release of the tape.”
Back in October, Hulk’s litigation attorney David R. Houston told Associated Press:
“We believe that crimes were committed by those who secretly created and publicly broadcasted this tape, and we will ensure that all crimes are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”