Hulk Hogan Reaches Settlement With Cox Radio Over His $110 Million Sex Tape Lawsuit

A confidential settlement was reached in Hulk Hogan’s $110 million lawsuit against Cox Radio, DJs Mike “Cowhead” Calta, Matt “Spiceboy” Loyd and a few other defendants who’re accused of conspiring to leak a sex video, according to court records.

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In April 2012, a Hulk Hogan sex tape leaked online. The sex tape featured the Hulkster getting intimate with Heather Clem, the estranged wife of Tampa Bay radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge, born Todd Alan Clem. Mike “Cowhead” Calta was a radio rival of Bubba the Love Sponge and was accused of conspiring to leak the Hulk Hogan sex video, in a possible effort to disparage Clem.

During the time of the leak, Mike “Cowhead” Calta and Matt “Spiceboy” Loyd, as well as Todd Clem, were employed at radio stations owned by Cox Radio, which owns nearly 100 radio stations. Hulk Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, launched a $110 million lawsuit against Cox Radio, which is owned by parent company Cox Media Group, and the two parties have reached a settlement on Thursday. The terms and the amount of the settlement were confidential.

According to court records filed on Thursday, Loyd, his wife Tasha Carrega, and attorney Keith Davidson signed a stipulated permanent injunction that states they will not leak or possess the sex video, as reported by Bay News 9.

The defendants had denied all of the allegations made in the lawsuit. A jury trial was scheduled to begin in January 2021.

This comes after the 66-year-old former wrestler won a huge lawsuit against Gawker, which put the media company out of business. On March 18, 2016, Hogan was awarded $115 million from Gawker for defamation, loss of privacy, and emotional pain, after the website posted an explicit two-minute clip from the wrestler’s 30-minute-long sex video. On November 2, 2016, Gawker reached a $31 million settlement with Hogan. On June 10, 2016, Gawker filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.