Explosive tell-all book brings on family feud
By MICHAEL WOOD -- Calgary Sun
A new tell-all book on the famed Hart wrestling family -- penned by Diana Hart -- is threatening to tear the family apart.
The book written by the youngest of Stu and Helen Hart's children is in stores now, and is set to be followed by lawsuits, family members say.
"It's full of libel and slander, and I'm serving a libel notice," Martha Hart told the Sun yesterday.
Martha is the widow of Owen Hart, killed in a tragic wrestling stunt gone wrong.
The explosive memoirs, entitled Under The Mat: Inside Wrestling's Greatest Family, has been described by outraged family and friends as completely exaggerated and full of lies with no solid base of truth.
"It's pornographic, it's absolute trash," Bret Hart said, adding not much is said about him in the book, but would be talking to his lawyers, along with Martha, and possibly Ed Whalen, the former broadcaster of Stampede Wrestling.
"Diana's book would have been an appalling thing to my mother, she would have been disgusted, so there's a bit of a comfort there that she was called to heaven before this trash could come out," said Bret.
Whalen, a long-time journalist and family friend for decades, called the book a fairy tale.
"I've had indications of what it is, and if it's as strong as it appears to be, I'll be going into (the lawsuit), too," Whalen said.
Diana, who wrote the book with Kirstie McLennan, agreed some of it may seem outrageous and shocking, but it's still the truth.
"I'm not afraid to stand by my book, and there's a lot of family who would stand by me," Diana said, admitting the controversy surrounding the tome should help sell copies.
She has been approached to write a second book, she added.
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