Hulk Hogan's Ex Linda Slams His Payout: 'He's Being Rewarded for Bad Behavior'
The former wrestler won $115 million following his battle with Gawker.
Hulk Hogan’s ex-wife, Linda, is speaking out for the first time since he was awarded $115 million in his court case against Gawker.
"It made me a little bit sick," she told INSIDE EDITION. "I don't know how he can sleep at night getting that money for doing what he did in a roundabout way. It's dirty money."
Linda said she was floored when she heard the size of the payout.
"My phone started blowing up and people were like 'Hulk won a $115 million!' I was like, 'What?' It is kind of like saying he is being rewarded for bad behavior," she said.
On Monday, jurors added another $25 million to the sum for punitive damages.
Linda thinks Erin Andrews’ headline-making victory in her peeping Tom trial may have played a role in Hulk Hogan's case. The Fox News reporter was awarded $55 million in her lawsuit against a Nashville hotel.
"Possibly it had a lot to do with it because people are kind of tired of it," Linda said. "Frankly, I don't know anyone that wants to see that."
Hulk sued Gawker for posting secretly recorded videos of him having sex with his best friend's wife, Heather Cole. The transcripts of the secret recordings have now been unsealed.
The wrestling icon told Heather before they had intimate relations: "I can't believe I’m here. I should be home."
He also told her: "I’m just a dumb country bumpkin. My career is over."
But Linda said: "He has only himself to blame. He made many poor decisions."
Angry text messages between Hulk and Heather's ex-husband, radio shock jock Bubba The Love Sponge, have also been released. It was Bubba who secretly recorded his wife and Hulk having sex.
"That is how somebody treats their best friend?" went one text from Hulk as he unloaded on Bubba. "Thanks for never being my friend and destroying my life."
Bubba also called Heather a "very evil woman that I’m embarrassed to have been married to."
Linda and Hulk split in 2007 and she now lives outside L.A. in a home she purchased after their divorce. She said she would not want any of the money he received in the payout.
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