The former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star, Hulk Hogan, filed a defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Linda Bollea, on Thursday, in Clearwater Fla. He claims her new autobiography, Wrestling the Hulk: My Life against the Ropescontains less than accurate information about him.
The lawsuit claims Bollea wrote the biography to revive her flagging career as a television reality star, following their divorce in 2009 and the end of their television show, Hogan Knows Best, the St. Petersburg Times reported.
Hogan's ex-wife has accused him of physically an dmentally abusing her during their marriage; specific instances allegedly included dragging her by her hair and clothes and choking her. She reiterated those allegations while beign interviewed on television and radio, earlier this year. She even said she was scared she would end up like Nicole Simpson, the ex-wife of football player O.J. Simpson, according to a CBS News report. O.J. Simpson was accused of the murder of his ex-wife and her friend, Ronald Goldman. Simpson was later acquitted.
It scared me that he might just snap, not realize what he's doing. He is just so strong, Bollea told FOX News in June, I thought he could kill me. He had his hands around my neck one time on the bed,
and he started squeezing my throat. He just went into this trance, and I was looking at him and saying, 'Terry, stop, stop. I can't breathe.' She also alleged, in another interview, Hogan had a sexual encounter with a male wrestler.
Meanwhile, in his 18-page lawsuit, Hogan has claimed his ex-wife's statements are not only false but have also harmed his reputation and exposed him to distrust, hatred, contempt and ridicule, the St. Petersburg Times reported.
The wrestler has requested that the book, published by HarperCollins, be removed from sale. HarperCollins is owned by News Corp., which also owns NewsCore.
Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, is now demanding a jury trial and a halt to Bollea's comments.