Hulk Hogan, born Terry Bollea, won $115 million in damages against Gawker, multiple outlets reported Friday.
A Florida jury decided that in the case of Hulk Hogan v Gawker, which centered on the notorious site's posting a sex tape of the former wrestler. In making its decision, the jury on the case opted to lean on the side of personal privacy over the outlet's right to cover Hogan's life as of it being "public interest." Hogan argued that the tape invaded his privacy and damaged his life, ruining his relationship with the WWE in part due to various racist remarks made in the clip.
In his remarks, Hogan attempted to separate his public persona from his true and private self. ""It's turned my world upside down," The Hollywood Reporter said the wrestler testified under oath.
Not long ago, Gawker re-branded itself as a more political-oriented destination after years of internal turmoil--including having its executive editor and editor-in-chief resign in 2015 amid controversy over the site's decision to publish details about a well-known male businessman's sexual liaison with a male escort. Now, the publication's future may be in question with this large financial blow.
Founder Nick Denton said he'd appeal, THR reported. "We feel very positive about the appeal that we have already begun preparing, as we expect to win this case ultimately."
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