Former wresting star Hulk Hogan has been awarded $115 million in a sex tape lawsuit against Gawker Media.
A Florida jury sided with the former wrestling superstar on Friday after the jury found that Gawker had violated Hogan’s privacy by posting the secretly recorded sex tape and caused him emotional distress
Hogan cried and hugged his attorney David Houston as the verdict was announced. He won $60 million for emotional distress and $55 million for economic damages - $15 million more than he had originally sought.
Nick Denton, Gawker’s founder, and Albert J Daulerio, the site’s former editor and chief, were both found personally liable.
After the jury's decision, Denton said the website’s attorneys knew the appeals process would play a major role and he feels his side can overturn the verdict on appeal.
"Given key evidence and the most important witness were both improperly withheld from this jury, we all knew the appeals court will need to resolve the case," he said in a statement.
"I want to thank our lawyers for their outstanding work and am confident that we would have prevailed at trial if we had been allowed to present the full case to the jury.
"That’s why we feel very positive about the appeal that we have already begun preparing as we expect to win this case ultimately."