Hulk Hogan sues ex-wife Linda over abuse accusations
Hulk Hogan (real name Terry Bollea) is going to court to fight back against accusations made by his ex-wife Linda that he abused her during their 24-year relationship and had a gay love affair with another wrestler.
The source of the tension is Linda Hogan's 2011 autobiography, "Wrestling the Hulk: My Life Against the Ropes." In the book, she claims the semiretired pro wrestler would physically abuse her, including dragging her by her hair and clothes and choking her.
Additionally, during her rounds of media interviews to promote the book, Linda hinted to an interviewer that Hogan may have had a sexual affair with Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake (real name Ed Leslie). In another interview, she compared herself to Nicole Brown Simpson, slain ex-wife of O.J. Simpson.
The St. Petersburg Times reports Hogan has filed a civil suit in Clearwater, Fla., claiming the book and the interviews Linda Hogan has given have "harmed the reputation of Mr. Bollea, exposed him to distrust, hatred, contempt and ridicule."
The book and interviews could be seen as Linda's revenge for Hulk Hogan's own tell-all book "My Life Outside the Ring," published in 2009, which said Linda was an "abusive alcoholic."
The Hogans had their lives taped as part of the reality series "Hogan Knows Best," which aired from 2005 until 2007. Shortly after the cancellation of the series, Linda Hogan filed for divorce after tabloid reports surfaced that Hulk had an affair with a female friend of their daughter.
— Patrick Kevin Day
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