WWE legend and alleged casual N-word user was awarded $115M by a jury in his sex tape lawsuit against Gawker Media. But, Hogan may get even more dough early next week.
Reports the Associated Press:
The jurors reached the decision Friday evening, less than six hours after they began deliberations. The trial lasted two weeks, and Hogan wept as the verdict was read.
The jury isn’t finished; they will return to court Monday to award punitive damages beyond Friday’s sum. Just moments after the verdict, Gawker founder Nick Denton said he will appeal, based on evidence that wasn’t introduced in court.
“Given the key evidence and the most important witness in this case were withheld from the jury, we all knew the appeals court would need to resolve this case,” Denton said.
Hogan’s team issued a statement as well: “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 actually sued Gawker for $100M for posting a sex tape of him boning his ex-friend Bubba The Love Sponge Clem’s then wife, Heather Clem (Hogan was married at the time…both couples have since divorced). Clearly, the jury sided with the man born Terry Bollea since they gave him $15M more than he even asked for.
Sex tapes; if they’re not yours, don’t post them on the Internet.
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