After a year trying to get money from GAWKER after winning a defamation case (NET NEWS, 5/17/17), iconic professional wrestler HULK HOGAN is back in court — this time against COX Talk WHPT (102.5 THE BONE)/TAMPA morning host MIKE CALTA, his former co-worker MATT ‘SPICE BOY’ LOYD and COX RADIO, which owns the station.
According to ABC ACTION NEWS/TAMPA BAY, a PINELLAS COUNTY, FL court judge ruled that a defamation lawsuit filed by HOGAN — real name TERRY GENE BOLLEA –- against CALTA will move forward. The suit once again concerns the 2007 sex tape recorded by HOGAN’s former best friend, radio personality, BUBBA THE LOVE SPONGE. HOGAN alleges CALTA and LOYD were involved in ‘stealing, disseminating, using and exploiting illegally-recorded video.’
Note this is not the first lawsuit WHPT radio and Mike Calta has faced. A few years back Mike Calta and WHPT was sued for using a disabled person’s photo without the family’s consent according to this article. However we do not know how the PD or the GM will respond now that Hulk Hogan has sued WHPT and Mike Calta for misconduct.