Hulk Hogan sues ex-wife for defamation

Linda Hogan and wrestler Hulk Hogan attend the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall Aug. 31, 2006, in New York City. Evan Agostini/Getty Images

Linda Hogan and wrestler Hulk Hogan attend the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall Aug. 31, 2006, in New York.
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(CBS) Wrestler Hulk Hogan is suing his ex-wife Linda Bollea, claiming she lied and defamed him in her new autobiography entitled, "Wrestling The Hulk: My Life Against the Ropes."

According to the St. Petersburg Times, the lawsuit claims that Bollea wrote the book to revive her career, which the suit claims took a nosedive after the couple's divorce in 2009 and the end of their reality TV show, "Hogan Knows Best."

In the book, Bollea accuses her husband of dragging her by her hair and choking her. She said in an interview, while promoting her book, that she was scared she would end up like Nicole Simpson, the estranged wife professional football player O.J. Simpson, reports the St. Petersburg Times. Simpson was accused and acquitted in the murder of his wife and her companion.

She also wrote in the book about an alleged sexual encounter Hogan had with another male wrestler, according to the paper.

Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, claims in the 18-page lawsuit, according to the paper, that his wife's statements were not only false but have harmed his reputation and "exposed him to distrust, hatred, contempt and ridicule."

Hogan is demanding a jury trial and a halt to his wife's comments. Linda Bollea received more than 70 percent of the couple's assets in their recent divorce settlement.

  • Camille Mann

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