Retired pro wrestler, Hulk Hogan, has been awarded $115m in his invasion of privacy suit against Gawker Media over the online posting of a sex tape involving him.
The six person jury – four women and two men – deliberated for nearly six hours before delivering their verdict to the court in St Petersburg, Florida.
Hogan, who was wearing his trademark black bandana, broke down in tears as the verdict was read. His shoulders shook as he sobbed; his hands, wiping tears from his face, were shaking too. The pro-wrestler was comforted by a member of his legal team.
Over a nearly two-week trial, jurors heard how Hogan, 62, had not been contacted by the website Gawker before it posted a nine-second video clip of the wrestler in flagrante with the wife of his friend, DJ Bubba “The Love Sponge” Clem.
Gawker founder Nick Denton has hinted that they will appeal the decision. “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,” he said in a statement.
“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,” the statement continued. “That’s why we feel very positive about the appeal that we have already begun preparing, as we expect to win this case ultimately.”
Credits: The Guardian