Gossip websites are abuzz with news that the hackers who have been leaking nude photos of celebrities online have claimed their first male victim — Nick Hogan, son of famed wrestler and Tampa Bay celebrity Hulk Hogan.
"The photos that were hacked are voluminous and graphic," the gossip website TMZ reports. "There are pics going back to his high school escapades, various girlfriends in various states of undress."
In recent weeks, hackers have managed to get their hands on and redistribute what appear to be nude and provocative photos of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian. Hackers apparently broke into the celebrities' iCloud accounts, prompting an ongoing FBI investigation.
One grouping of photos posted on the web, purported to be from Nick Hogan's personal online photo gallery, reportedly includes random photos of him at home with Hulk Hogan, nude photos of women, a nude Nick Hogan photo, two photos of his mother, Linda, showing off a thong, and others. TMZ quotes Nick Hogan as saying some of the more explicit pictures don't belong to him.
Nick Hogan, 24, is best known for appearing on Hulk Hogan's reality TV show, Hogan Knows Best, which was filmed at the Hogan family's former waterfront mansion near Clearwater and which ran on VH1 from 2005 to 2007.
Nick Hogan is also known as Nick Bollea. His father's real name is Terry Bollea.
In 2007 at the age of 17, he lost control of his car in a street race near downtown Clearwater, critically injuring his passenger, family friend John Graziano. An Iraq War veteran, Graziano suffered severe brain injuries when the car hit a palm tree.
Nick Hogan pleaded no contest to reckless driving and spent five months in jail and four years on probation. He and his parents were sued for negligence and paid a settlement to Graziano's family.
Nick Hogan later moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. More recently he's been performing as a DJ at electronic music shows, including at his father's restaurant, Hogan's Beach in Tampa.
The Tampa Bay Times couldn't reach Nick Hogan or his publicist for comment Sunday.
Gossip websites are reporting another aspect of the hacking case that may interest the authorities.
"Nick kept pics of several girlfriends during his teenage years, and the girls were underage at the time," TMZ reported. "He believes the hackers are playing with fire because they constitute child porn. As for why Nick kept the pics … he says he's kept almost everything from his life that was recorded or photographed."
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