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Hulk Hogan, wife tussle over son Nick and their divorce

CLEARWATER — The latest skirmish in the divorce of Hulk Hogan and his wife puts their son, Nick Bollea, in the middle.

Both Linda Bollea and her estranged husband have asked a judge to prohibit the other from speaking to Nick, 17, about the divorce proceeding.

Linda Bollea struck first with a Feb. 22 motion.

Among her accusations: She says the famous wrestler told their son to persuade her to sell the family's home in Belleair to pay legal bills stemming from Nick's Aug. 26 car crash.

Linda Bollea currently resides in the home and does not want to sell it.

Nick is facing a felony charge of reckless driving with serious bodily injury for his role in the crash, which seriously injured his friend and passenger, John Graziano, 23. Graziano's family has indicated they will file a civil lawsuit against the Bollea family.

The motion also said Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, gave Nick information involving the divorce proceedings and told Nick not to tell his mother. The result is Nick has become "withdrawn and conflicted" when he's around his mom, the motion said.

Terry Bollea responded Feb. 26 with some accusations of his own. They are:

• Linda Bollea has used Nick to give Terry Bollea messages on issues dealing with the divorce.

• Linda Bollea has "engaged in highly emotional and degrading outbursts," and made derogatory remarks about Terry Bollea in front of Nick.

"A satisfactory agreement has been reached" between Linda and Terry Bollea on how to address the request to keep each other from speaking to Nick about divorce-related issues, said A.J. Barranco, Linda Bollea's attorney. Barranco declined to discuss the details.

He also said both parties have decided how to proceed with other issues related to the divorce. The stipulation was approved by Circuit Judge George Greer on Feb. 26.

Barranco said both parties agreed to "a free exchange of financial information" and to "certain monies being kept by each party" while the divorce proceeds. He would not specify how much money.

All remaining trusts would be frozen and Nick would continue to live primarily with his mother, Barranco said.

Ann Kerr, Terry Bollea's attorney, did not return calls for comment.

Hearings scheduled for February and April were canceled. The next hearing to address temporary issues will be in June, Barranco said.

Tamara El-Khoury can be reached at tel-khoury@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4181.

Hulk Hogan, wife tussle over son Nick and their divorce 03/04/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 5, 2008 3:39pm]
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