Hulk Hogan's payday remained on an all-time high with the jury awarding him $115 million in total from the website Gawker who would be paying over $15 million in punitive damages.
Usually cheating on your partner and then having the sex tape leak on the internet are two of the most devastating things that could happen to a person especially if they are a public figure.
Careers end, personal relationships end and things go south drastically. That is what initially happened to Hulk Hogan when a sex tape of him having sex with his then best friend, the radio shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem’s wife, Heather was released over the website in 2012.
The wrestling star lost his wife and his best friend as a consequence and the only thing he had left to do was sue Gawker, the website that released the tape.
Looks like it paid off as the jury finally gave a verdict on the Hogan-Gawker case. This Monday, the Florida jury awarded punitive damages to Hogan which totalled at $25 million, reported Reuters.
This comes as the second blow to Gawker as the estimate of damages that the site now has to pay Hogan has come to $115 million. Gawker's publisher and CEO, Nick Denton, was hit with an additional $10 million to pay the former wrestler while the six-person jury assessed that Gawker had to pay $15 million in punitive damages.
According to the jury, everyone had the right to their privacy and respecting the First Amendment did not allow anyone to violate another man’s privacy.
The verdict on Monday came after the awards on Friday which came after a two-week trial in St. Petersburg, near Hogan's home where the jury awarded him $60 million for emotional distress and $55 million for economic damages.
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Hulk’s ex-wife, Linda Hogan; who divorced him after the scandal, said in an interview that she was disgusted that he was getting paid for the despicable choices that he had made and she called it dirty money. She added that she did not want any part of the money that he had gotten.