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Hulk Hogan Awarded $25 Million More in Sex Tape Suit Against Gawker

by Tim Stelloh /  / Updated  / Source: Reuters

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A Florida jury awarded Hulk Hogan $25 million in punitive damages Monday in his sex-tape lawsuit against Gawker Media.

The decision came just days after Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, was awarded $115 million — $15 million more than he had even asked for.

The lawsuit alleged that Gawker violated Hogan’s privacy after publishing in 2012 a secretly recorded video of the 62-year-old ex-pro wrestler having sex with the wife of his then-best friend, radio "shock jock" Bubba the Love Sponge.

Gawker’s lawyers argued that Hogan made his sex life a public matter.

In Monday’s decision, the jury assessed Gawker $15 million in punitive damages, while its founder, Nick Denton, was responsible for $10 million.

A.J. Daulerio, the editor who posted and edited the video, was on the hook for $100,000.

“I feel great,” Hogan said Monday outside the St. Petersburg courthouse. “I'm really happy about everything that's happened. We've protected a lot of people from going [through] what I went through.”

As with Friday’s judgement, Denton said he is planning to appeal.

Gawker attorney Michael Berry argued that punitive damages would be piling on to a verdict that already "could be debilitating for Gawker Media."

The jury was told that Gawker Media is worth $83 million.

Denton is worth about $121 million, most of which came from his share of a separate parent company that owns Gawker and holds its intellectual property, valued at $276 million.

Daulerio had no assets and thousands of dollars in student loans, the attorneys said.

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