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On Friday a Florida jury has decided to uphold the sanctity of the latter by turning in a $115 million verdict against Gawker over its 2012 posting of a Hulk Hogan sex tape.
Hogan filed a lawsuit against the celebrity blog three years ago over a sex tape the sensationalized by Nick Denton’s website, Gawker. The site has been around for 13-years, posted a video of Terry Bollea, better known as Hulk Hogan engaging in sexual intercourse with Heather Cole, the then-wife of his best friend, Tampa-area radio shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge (real name: Todd Alan Clem).
Gawker posted the sex tape without Hogan’s knowledge along with an essay from then–editor-in-chief A.J. Daulerio about celebrity sex and a vivid play-by-play of the encounter between Hogan and Cole.
The lawsuit questions the right to publish and share private moments of a celebrity without concent of that celebrity. The jury listened to both Hogan (Terry Bollea) and Gawker.
Hogan said under oath while addressing his sexual boasts and endeavors, became the subject of a heated cross-examination, “It’s turned my world upside down…The person sitting here under oath is Terry Bollea, and I don’t lie under oath.”
As for Denton, HR reports:
His attorneys also played depositions conducted with Denton and Gawker staffers, who had to explain tasteless jokes and their boundary-pushing philosophies on what’s appropriate to publish. “I believe in total freedom and information transparency,” said Denton. “I’m an extremist when it comes to that.” Many of those same Gawker hands later took the witness stand to put their journalism in a more flattering light, although Daulerio admitted Hulk Hogan’s penis isn’t newsworthy.
In an era when digital networks have reshaped culture, raising tough questions about sharing and prying in society, the jury got to hear two weeks of testimony in a first-of-its-kind sex tape case where discussions of newsworthiness and decency dominated.
CelebNMusic247.com has learned that Hulk Hogan can smile a lot easier now that he’s won the case against Gawker for $115 million and end up getting more after the Florida jury socks Gawker with punitive damages for posting his sex tape.
The jury will decide next week how much to tack on by way of punitive damages, which are designed to punish defendants for intentional wrongdoing.
The Florida Supreme Court generally tolerates punitive damage awards that are 2 to 3 times the amount of compensatory damages. Anything more than 3 times is dicey … the Court often slices excessive judgments down to size.
But 3 times compensatory damages would be a whopping $345 million, added to the $115 mil compensatory judgment, that would give Hulk a grand total of $460 million.
Gawker has already vowed to appeal.