Hulk Hogan files $100 million lawsuits over sex tape release

Oct. 15, 2012 at 7:44 PM ET

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Terry Bollea, aka Hulk Hogan, center, and his attorneys attend a press conference in Tampa, Florida on Monday.

Hulk Hogan's mad, and he's ready to lay the smackdown in court according to a press release issued by his lawyer. The WWE legend, real name Terry Bollea, filed two civil lawsuits Monday in Tampa, Fla., in connection to the release of his sex tape that leaked on the internet earlier this month, and was allegedly done without his knowledge or consent. 

Hogan's sex tape surfaces online 

The first lawsuit is against Heather Clem aka Heather Cole and her ex-husband, Bubba the Love Sponge Clem aka Todd Alan Clem, alleging claims 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. 

The second lawsuit is against Gawker Media, which posted excerpts of the video on their website and refused to remove them after Hogan's legal counsel sent a cease and desist demand for their removal and destruction. 

So what exactly is Hulk Hogan seeking from the website, its owner Nick Denton and other affiliates? A whopping $100 million in monetary damages, plus punitive damages, a temporary restraining order and a preliminary and permanent injunction to force Gawker Media to remove all content of the video from their websites. 

Wrestler says it was done at a low point in his life 

Hogan's attorney David Houston told E! News previously, in reference to Bubba, that, "Terry never wanted to be in the position of suing someone he considered a best friend, but if someone does that to you maybe your idea of a best friendship was misplaced." 

As for Hogan, all he has to say at this time is, "I am fortunate to have a supportive family during this process." 

There were a lot of sex tape scandals in 2010 

--Reporting by Claudia Rosenbaum 

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