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Jury Awards Hulk Hogan $115 Million In Gawker Sex Tape Lawsuit

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A Florida jury has sided with Hulk Hogan within the lawsuit the previous skilled wrestler filed towards Gawker Media, awarding him $one hundred fifteen million in damages — $15 million greater than he sought.  

Hogan, whose actual identify is Terry Bollea, sued Gawker in 2012 after the web media outlet revealed an excerpt of a video displaying Bollea having intercourse with the spouse of his then-greatest pal, Bubba The Love Sponge Clem. Hogan and his attorneys alleged publishing the video was an invasion of his privateness, Gawker argued the clip was newsworthy and guarded by the First Amendment.

The six-individual jury reached their verdict simply earlier than S p.m., after shut to 6 hours of deliberation.

Bollea’s lawsuit named Gawker Media, Nick Denton, Gawker’s founder, and A.M. Daulerio, the previous editor-in-chief who revealed the video, as defendants.

In closing arguments Thursday, Kenneth Turkel, an lawyer for Bollea, informed the jury that Gawker’s editors “did not have the widespread decency” to name his shopper earlier than publishing the piece.

“The media has the facility to do nice good and the facility to do nice hurt,” he stated. “What’s vital on the planet of Gawker is a tape of my shopper in a personal bed room on the lowest level in his life, in a personal act.”

Turkel went as far as to accuse Denton of “enjoying God” over Hogan’s proper to privateness.

Gawker attorneys had maintained that Bollea made his intercourse life a matter of public curiosity by speaking about it publicly.

“We ask you to guard one thing that a few of you could discover disagreeable,” Gawker lawyer Michael Sullivan advised the jury, The Associated Press reported. “To write, to talk, to consider all subjects, to carry public figures accountable. It is true in the long term for our freedoms.”

Even earlier than the decision, Gawker hinted at defeat. In a press release Friday, the corporate stated it was “dissatisfied the jury was unable to see key proof and listen to testimony from crucial witness,” referring to Clem, Bollea’s former greatest pal and the person who filmed the tape. Earlier this week, the decide granted Clem’s request to not testify as a result of he may incriminate himself.

It “could also be crucial for the appeals courtroom to resolve this case,” Gawker stated in its assertion.

As The New York Times reported, Bollea testified final week that the ordeal left him unable to sleep or eat for days at a time. “When the intercourse tape hit, my entire world turned the wrong way up,” he stated.

“I’m sort of involved about Hulk Hogan’s privateness, however you type of give it away,” he added. “But within the privateness of your personal house, nobody invades my privateness.”

Denton stated in a press release that Gawker will attraction.

This is a creating story. Check again for updates. 

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