Professional WWE wrestler Hulk Hogan was awarded $115 million dollars in a Florida court in a lawsuit again Gawker Media, on Friday, March 18.
A jury ruled in his favor in the invasion of privacy case that all stemmed from the release of his sex tape on the site. Hulk, whose real name is Terry Bollea, allegedly sobbed as the verdict was released, the New York Times reports.
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The wrestler first filed the suit in 2012, after Gawker published a nearly two-minute clip of him having sex with friend Bubba “the Love Sponge” Clem’s wife, Heather, in 2006. Hulk, at the time, announced that he was unaware of the filming and did not know of the existence of the tape, and filed a lawsuit against Gawker for $100 million.
While he argued invasion of privacy, the media company called upon their rights protected under the First Amendment in defense.
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After the jury decided to award the star $55 million for economic harm and $60 million for emotional distress, Gawker did announce that it would seek appeal and Hogan took to Twitter to share his reaction to the verdict.
"Told ya I was gonna slam another giant," he wrote.
Stay tuned for further developments.