Hulk Hogan taunts Gawker following the site's shutdown
The pro wrestler won a $140 million lawsuit against the company earlier this year
While fans of Gawker.com are mourning the website following the news it’s being shuttered next week, Hulk Hogan is celebrating. The pro wrestler tweeted on Thursday, “They messed with the wrong guy,” seemingly taking some credit for the site’s demise.
Florida jurors awarded Hogan $140 million in March after he sued the media company for publishing a clip of a sex tape featuring Hogan and a woman named Heather Clem. After taking legal action against Clem and her estranged husband, who can also be heard in the video, Hogan sued Gawker for invasion of privacy with significant financial help from Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel. Thiel himself had a bone to pick with Gawker.com, after the website outed the tech mogul as gay in 2007.
Gawker Media, which includes such sites as Gizmodo and io9, went into bankruptcy protection following Hogan and Thiel’s lawsuit and the multi-million dollar judgment. Spanish-speaking broadcaster Univision announced this week it was buying the media company for $135 million.