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Hulk Hogan sex-tape case now under investigation by Tampa police

Published Jul. 10, 2015

TAMPA — The Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office confirmed Friday that Tampa police are investigating whether a crime was committed in the case of former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan's leaked sex tape.

"There is a pending investigation into that matter," Hillsborough state attorney spokesman Mark Cox said Friday evening. "Because it is pending, we can't comment further."

The case resolves around a roughly 30-minute video of Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, having sex with the former wife of his then-best friend, Tampa shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem. Recorded in 2006 by Clem — who maintains Bollea did not know he was being filmed — the video surfaced in 2012.

Gawker published an excerpt online — 1 minute and 41 seconds — and a few weeks later Bollea sued, claiming the website had violated his privacy and owed him $100 million in damages.

Scheduled to start this week in Pinellas County, the civil trial was delayed after an appellate court ruled that it could not begin because of several technical violations.

The next court date in the matter is set for Oct. 20. It remains unclear when a trial will be held, delaying Hogan and Gawker's legal showdown.

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