Hulk Hogan Awarded $115 Million In Sex Tape Suit
A Florida jury has ordered the digital news and gossip company Gawker Media to pay Hulk Hogan an astounding $115 million.
The verdict came on Friday following a six-week trial that examined whether Gawker had crossed an ethical line when, in 2012, it posted video of Hogan having sex with his friend's wife.
After deliberating for six hours, the jury decided Gawker had, in fact, violated Hogan's privacy by publishing the video.
"We're exceptionally happy with the verdict. We think it represents a statement as to the public's disgust with the invasion of privacy disguised as journalism," Hogan's team said in a statement. "The verdict says no more."
Hogan was recorded about a decade ago as he had sex with his friend Bubba the Love Sponge's wife, Heather.
Hogan was in bed with his friend's wife at his friend's suggestion, he's argued. Hogan has said he did not know he was being recorded.
Hogan sued his former friend first. Bubba the Love Sponge, a radio personality who was born Todd Clem but legally changed his name, reportedly settled for an undisclosed amount.
But whatever the amount, it likely didn't eclipse Friday's award. And the jury has yet to award punitive damages after finding Gawker founder Nick Denton and former editor Albert Daulerio personally liable.
Gawker founder Nick Denton was quick to say he would appeal with the help of evidence he says wasn't presented in court.
"Given the key evidence and the most important witness in this case were withheld from the jury, we all knew the appeals court would need to resolve this case," Denton said.