Hulk Hogan is speaking for the first time since news broke on December 9 that he is suing his ex-wife Linda Bollea for defamation.
"After the four-year crazy divorce I thought I'd heard everything I could hear in the courtroom," Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, told Us Weekly. "Then, all of a sudden she says I abused her, that I was violent. She told everybody that I was a homosexual."
Linda Bollea wrote in her autobiography released earlier this year, "Wrestling The Hulk: My Life Against the Ropes," that the semi-retired wrestling champion was physically abusive toward her during their almost 24-year marriage. She calls her ex-husband a "pathological liar" and a "narcissist" and also discusses their sex life openly, adding that she suspected that he cheated on her.
She also said on the radio show "Matty P's Radio Happy Hour" in April that "a little bird told" her that Hogan had engaged in an "intimate relationship" with a male wrestler.
"If any of that was true, I would admit it, and I was a homosexual I would embrace it," Hogan told the magazine. "It's just so crazy to hear, so I have a real problem with it."
He adds, "If you're going to say I'm something that I'm not to try to ruin my career and my livelihood. I have to answer her back."
Hogan filed his lawsuit at a Florida court on December 8 and according to documents obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com, the wrestler says that his ex-wife's comments about spousal abuse and violence are false and that her statement regarding him "having engaged in intimate homosexual relations is false, defamatory and uttered with malice afterthought."
Hogan is suing his ex-wife for unspecified "punitive, general and special damages" and "demands a trial by jury," according to the lawsuit.
Bollea became a reality star after appearing with Hogan and their two children on the VH1 show "Hogan Knows Best," which ended in 2007, the year she filed for divorce. She uses her ex-husband's stage last name on the cover of the book, which reads "Linda Hogan" in large letters. Hogan says in his lawsuit that he thinks Bollea wrote the book "in an effort to revive her sagging 'career.'"
The pair's marriage formally ended in 2009. After their split, Bollea began dating a younger man, Charley, and Hogan became involved with a woman named Jennifer, who he later wed.
It was revealed last month that Bollea received $7.44 million - more than 70 percent of the pair's liquid assets - as part of the divorce settlement. She does not receive alimony.
Hogan has not commented about the matter but last month Tweeted: "Thank God any negative or blood sucking vampires are dead and gone in my new life."