The Fox Tampa affiliate has reported new details on a police investigation into who leaked the tape containing Hulk Hogan (Terry Bollea) engaging in sexual acts with Heather Clem, the ex-wife of radio host Bubba the Love Sponge.
According to Tampa police, a former radio station employee Matt “Spiceboy” Loyd stole home security DVDs that were stored in Bubba’s home office.
Spiceboy then tried selling the video to a “sex-tape broker” in California named Keith Davidson. The goal was to “engage in the extortion of Terry Bollea.”
Spiceboy claimed that he obtained the tapes from a yard sale to continue the ruse. He also tried leaking pictures to TheDirty.com and TMZ to build interest for the bigger play of selling the video, which was eventually leaked to Gawker.
Spiceboy also involved the best friend of his wife, identified as Lori Burbridge, to be a middle-person in the dealings. According to the report, Burbridge co-operated with police detectives in the investigation.
It’s unclear at this point how police are proceeding with the new aspect of this case.
A follow-up report by Tampa 10 News notes that prosecutors are not planning to file charges as it relates to the alleged extortion.
Hillsborough State Attorney Mark Ober reportedly believes that he does not think he could get a conviction despite taped recordings and other evidence. Meanwhile, Bubba told Tampa 10 that he believes it has something to do with his “bombastic personality.”
At the moment, the only legal activity is Hogan’s ongoing $100 million lawsuit against Gawker for publishing portions of the tape. Hogan lost his WWE job over the summer when portions of the audio track containing racist rants were made public. A trial date is scheduled for First Quarter 2016.