Hulk Hogan has reportedly settled his lawsuit against Bubba the Love Sponge, according to TMZ. While this particular chapter of the infamous sex tape scandal has come to a close, the former professional wrestler intends to move forward with the lawsuits against Gawker and sex tape co-star Heather Clem.
Bubba the Love Sponge, whose real name is Todd Alan Clem, released an apology letter to Hulk Hogan today. The Sponge explained that his friend had no idea the sexual encounter with Heather was being filmed. He also states that Hogan had no idea the sex tape was going to be released to the public.
“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,” Bubba said. “[I am] committed to helping Hulk and his attorneys find whoever is responsible for the release of the tape.”
Bubba the Love Sponge was facing allegations of invasion of privacy, public disclosure of private facts, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, and violation of the Florida statute prohibiting the taping of another person without their knowledge.
Hulk Hogan’s lawsuits against Gawker and Heather Clem, meanwhile, are reportedly moving forward. The website, which originally hosted the aforementioned sex tape, is being sued for a whopping $100 million for their role in the scandal. According to The Associated Press, Hogan has no doubt that several people intended to profit from the tape’s release.
David R. Houston, Hogan litigation attorney, doesn’t plan to stop until the perpetrators are punished for their actions. “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,” Houston explained.
The terms of Hulk Hogan’s settlement with Bubba the Love Sponge were not made available to the public as of this writing.