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Hulk Hogan was awarded $115 million in his sex tape lawsuit against Gawker on Friday.

After deliberating for less than a day, a Florida jury determined Gawker Media violated Hogan’s privacy when it posted footage from his sex tape on its website in 2012. In 2013, Hogan sued for $100 million, plus punitive damages. According to the six jurors in St. Petersburg, Hogan’s pain and suffering is worth another $15 million.

It’s unlikely, however, that Hogan will receive that full amount. Gawker is expected to appeal the verdict. And while that is pending, the company will have to put up a bond which Florida law caps at $50 million.

As Gossip Cop reported, Hogan testified last week that he was left “humiliated” and “shaken” when he found out that explicit video of him having sex with the then-wife of his friend Bubba The Love Sponge had leaked. While never revealing the source of the footage, Gawker’s defense team argued that it was exercising the media company’s 1st Amendment right to cover what it deemed a news story when it posted clips online. In attempting to make its case, the outlet pointed to Hogan’s own prior discussion of his sex life and the video in question during media appearances.

But as Hogan never gave consent to Gawker for publishing the material, the jurors apparently felt his privacy was indeed invaded. Hogan cried in court when the verdict was announced, with the legal victory coming nearly eight months after WWW cut ties with the wrestler after discovering he went on a racist rant involving the N-word.

While no doubt a severe loss, Gawker braced itself for the jury to rule in Hogan’s favor. After deliberations began following closing arguments on Monday morning, the company released a statement noting it would look to the “appeals court to resolve this case,” should that become necessary. Among the arguments the site will have is a number of sealed documents that the jurors were unable to consider while deliberating.