Hulk Hogan says the leaking of his sex tape is the “worst thing” that’s ever happened to him.
The ‘TNA IMPACT Wrestling’ star has been rocked after X-rated footage of himself and Heather Clem – the estranged wife of his close friend Bubba the Love Sponge – appeared online, and he is determined to find out who wanted to “hurt” him by revealing the footage to the world.
Speaking on Howard Stern’s radio show, he said: “This is the worst thing that’s ever happened to me. It’s really turned my world upside down. I actually feel safe coming to see you, that’s an honest statement.
“This tape is over six years old. Who wants to hurt who, that’s what you’ve got to figure out, and why? Is it for money? Is it to hurt people? What’s the motivation?”
When asked if he will press charges, he replied: “Oh yeah, oh yes sir. I’ve got to find out who did this to me. I’ve been rocked pretty hard before but this is … I could see why someone would not want to face this and jump off the Empire State Building. I could see how this could do something really horrible to someone’s life beyond repair.
“I have braced my family, there could be another one. I have no idea. I’ve never made a tape. I swear to god I wasn’t in on this.”
While it has not been confirmed who leaked the sex tape, TMZ.com has revealed Bubba can be seen at the end of the tape, after Hulk has left the room, saying to Heather: “If we ever did want to retire, all we’d have to do is use this footage.”
But the wrestling legend has told the gossip website he said to his friend: “If you had anything to do with this, that means we were never friends.”
Hulk’s attorney David R. Houston filed a criminal police report in Clearwater, Florida, on Tuesday morning claiming whoever made the tape committed a felony by unlawfully recording Hulk without his consent and whoever leaked it broke the law by unlawfully running that footage.
The action comes after Hulk – whose real name is Terry Bollea – sent a cease-and-desist letter to Gawker, demanding the website remove a minute-long clip it posted.
He also revealed on ‘The Today Show’: “It was a bad choice and a very low point. I was with some friends and made a wrong choice. It has devastated me, I have never been this hurt.
“I’m going full blown to try and figure out who would do this to me.
“It’s appalling. It’s flipped my life totally upside down.”
Hulk is particularly upset because the attention has left his wife Jennifer McDaniel “rattled”.
He added: “My new wife Jennifer is rattled, she is not used to being part of the media. It’s something devastating to me, I’ve never been through anything on this level.”