Hulk Hogan made it feel like it was Wrestlemania again as he was awarded by a grand jury a sum of $115 million for damages in the case suit over news and gossip website Gawker over a leaked sex tape.
Hogan, whose real name is Terry Gene Bollea, sued Gawker for invading his privacy as the supposed sex tape was made public. Hogan was suing Gawker for $100 million but wired.com reported that he is getting $115 million and maybe even more for punitive damages.
The jury found Gawker guilty over the scandal and was order to pay Hogan $55 million in damages and $60 million for emotional distress over the case. It was stated that the jury will reconvene on Monday to further discuss and determine the payment for punitive damages.
“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. The verdict says no more,” Hogan’s legal team said in a statement.
An emotional Hogan went on social media and told his Hulkamaniacs about the news and even stated “Told ya I was gonna slam another giant HH” and “Thank you God for justice, only love 4life,” which earned a lot of likes.
On the other hand, Gawker lawyers stated that they are going to appeal the jury’s decision stating from the start that the sex video was newsworthy and that their position is covered by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
The lawyers also argued that before Gawker leaked the video, Hogan has been candid about his sex life for years. But their argument did not sit well with the jury and they are already preparing their appeal.
Gawker’s founder and proprietor Nick Delton thanked their lawyers for the work they put through with the case and that they hope that appeal court would side with them in the end.
“Given key evidence and the most important witness were both improperly withheld from this jury, we all knew the appeals court will need to resolve the case. I want to thank our lawyers for their outstanding work and am confident that we would have prevailed at trial if we had been allowed to present the full case to the jury. That’s why we feel very positive about the appeal that we have already begun preparing, as we expect to win this case ultimately,” Delton added.
TMZ likewise reported that Hogan countered Gawker’s claim that WWE Legend knew that he was being taped at the time of the incident.
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