Hulk Hogan was awarded awarded another $25.1 million as punitive damages by a St. Petersburg, Florida jury on Monday to go along with the $115 million he won on Friday in his sex tape lawsuit against Gawker. The jury, in its latest decision, held Gawker liable for $15 million, publisher Nick Denton liable for $10 million, and the site’s former editor-in-chief A.J. Daulerio, who published the tape and wrote the accompanying post, liable for $100,000. As opposed to the earlier awarding of $115 million for compensatory damages, the punitive damages are intended to punish Gawker for its invasion of Hogan’s privacy.
Earlier on Monday, Hogan’s lawyer had asked jurors to award punitive damages above the $115 million judgment, while Gawker’s lawyer pleaded that the existing verdict was already “debilitating” for the company, “punishment enough,” and “already far beyond their means.” Hogan has yet to comment on his latest victory against the website which published two minutes of him having sex with his friend’s wife.
As Gossip Cop previously reported, the jury on Friday agreed that Gawker violated Hogan’s right to privacy when it published a secretly recorded video of Hogan having sex with Heather Clem, the then-wife of his friend Bubba The Love Sponge. The initial suit began in 2013, with the former pro wrestler suing for $100 million over the footage that featured just 9 second of the graphic sex. But after hearing Hogan’s testimony about how he left “humiliated” and “shaking” when he found out the sex tape had leaked without his consent, the jury decided his privacy was invaded and awarded the one-time wrestler $15 million more than he had sought.
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