Nick Bollea alleges the jail violated his privacy by releasing his private conversations

By Mike Fleeman
Updated June 03, 2008 02:05 PM

Nick Bollea is suing a Florida sheirff’s department for releasing tapes of his jailhouse conversations with his mother and wrestler father Hulk Hogan, attorneys said Tuesday.

The suit alleges that the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office violated Bollea’s privacy rights and seeks to stop the sheriff from releasing further tapes.

“Nick only asks that he be treated no differently than the other inmates at the Pinellas County Jail,” says Bollea attorney Morris “Sandy” Weinberg. “Instead, the Sheriff’s Office has singled him out by the unprecedented release to the media of his personal calls with his family.”

A sheriff spokeswoman said the department does not comment on pending litigation.

Bollea, 17, is serving an eight-month sentence after pleading no contest to felony reckless driving stemming from a car crash that left his friend, John Graziano, in critical condition.

In the tapes, released to the media under a public records request, Bollea calls the victim a “negative person,” asks his father to set up a reality show for him after he gets out of jail and complains about the size of his cell.

On Monday, Bollea’s lawyers filed court papers requesting that he be removed from solitary confinement, where he is being held because as a minor he isn’t allowed to mix with the adult jail population.

• Reporting by K.C. BAKER and STEVE HELLING

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