Hulk Hogan has been awarded $115 million by a Florida jury over Gawker’s 2012 posting of his sex tape, multiple reports confirm.
According to BBC News Hogan’s legal team argued that Gawker violated his privacy and the video was not newsworthy.
Variety also report that the jury found that Hogan had suffered “severe emotional distress” in the last three years since the sex tape surfaced. Hogan claimed that the tape, showing Hogan having sex with his best friend’s then-wife, was secretly recorded.
Gawker’s lawyers argued the tape was newsworthy as Hogan openly discussed his sex during various media interviews.
In a statement issued Friday, Gawker Media indicated it is already contemplating an appeal.
“We’re disappointed the jury was unable to see key evidence and hear testimony from the most important witness,” says Gawker’s statement. “So it may be necessary for the appeals court to resolve this case. Hulk Hogan’s best friend Bubba the Love Sponge — who made the tape and offered up his wife in the first place — originally told his radio listeners that Hulk Hogan knew he was being taped. The jury was only able to hear a questionable version of events. Bubba should have been required to appear in court and explain what really happened.”
The statement from Gawker adds: “There is still more to the story. We expect the upcoming release of improperly sealed documents, important evidence that the jury should have been able to see, will begin revealing the true facts that the jury deserved to know about during deliberations.”
In his own statement, David Houston, another of Hogan’s lawyers, said Bubba Clem had previously testified under oath that Hogan “had no knowledge of being filmed” and had nothing to do with the tape’s production.