Bubba the Love Sponge calls Hulk Hogan a "hypocritical fraud" over sex tape lawsuit
Tampa Bay area shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem finally spoke out this morning about the growing scandal around a sex tape featuring wrestling star Hulk Hogan and Clem's ex-wife, calling his former friend Hogan a "hypocritical fraud" for filing a lawsuit over the video's public release.
Clem used much of his radio show at WHPT-FM (102.5 The Bone) this morning to bitterly criticize Hogan, once described as his best friend, one day after the wrestler filed a lawsuit in state court seeking in excess of $15,000 in damages, naming the shock jock and his former wife Heather Cole as defendants.
Attorneys for Hogan faced the press Monday on the federal courthouse steps in Tampa, saying the star did not know he was being filmed during the encounter; he also filed a federal lawsuit seeking $100 million in damages from Gawker Media, owner of a gossip website which has posted clips of the footage.
Clem disputed Hogan's assertions indirectly this morning, saying his former friend "drove me crazy" asking to have sex with his wife. The shock jock also accused Hogan of trying to save his public image and endorsements by trying to appear like the biggest victim.
"The true victim here is Heather," said Clem, referring to his ex-wife, who was recorded having sex with Hogan in 2006; clips of the video were eventually posted on Gawker.com. "I made a mistake in approving him to get together with my wife...There were three people in that room, and they all knew what time it was."
Representatives for Clem have been saying the shock jock couldn't talk about the video scandal, pointing to language in his divorce settlement in which the couple agreed “not to interfere with, annoy, molest or harass the other party or disparage the other party in public,” with special mention made of speaking “on air” about each other.
But Clem appeared to find a loophole around those provisions this morning, focusing his insults on Hogan, referencing the wrestler's bitterly public divorce from Linda Hogan and other past controversies. Clem never spoke directly about why the encounter was recorded or who may have released it to the public; Gawker has not identified who provided them with a 30-minute video burned on a DVD.
Hogan's lawsuit received extensive media coverage locally and nationally, providing the first opportunity for mainstream media outlets to weigh in on a scandal which had been percolating on gossip websites such as TMZ and Gawker for more than a week.
News outlets ranging from The New York Daily News to the Los Angeles Times published stories on the lawsuit Monday, ensuring the media frenzy continues.