Hulk Hogan clearly has a reason to celebrate after his major victory against Gawker Media.
The retired wrestler was awarded a staggering $115 million in damages on Friday, March 18, plus another $25 million in punitive damages on Monday, which prompted Hogan to get creative with his response.
He took to Twitter to share his happiness over the verdict with a meme of himself body slamming the Gawker logo:
Hogan, born Terry Bollea, filed suit against Gawker three years ago after they published a segment of a sex tape featuring the wrestler. Hogan claimed emotional distress and invasion of privacy as the basis for his suit. The video posted by Gawker showed him having sex with Heather Cole, the wife of his then-best friend, radio personality Bubba "The Love Sponge" Clem. Hogan took the stand and swore he had no idea he was being filmed.
Hogan's legal team said in a statement to ETonline, "We are extremely happy with the verdict and Mr. Bollea feels vindicated. Our victory will also deter others from victimizing innocent people. This verdict now requires those organizations to respect privacy and if not, pay the price for failing to do so."
Gawker's legal team also made a statement, insisting they will appeal the decision. "Soon after Hulk Hogan brought his original lawsuits in 2012, three state appeals court judges and a federal judge repeatedly ruled that Gawker's post was newsworthy under the First Amendment," Heather Dietrick, President & General Counsel of Gawker Media, told ET. "We expect that to happen again—particularly because the jury was prohibited from knowing about these court rulings in favor of Gawker, prohibited from seeing critical evidence gathered by the FBI, and prohibited from hearing from the most important witness, Bubba Clem."
"There is so much this jury deserved to know and, fortunately, that the appeals court does indeed know," Deitrick continued. "So we are confident we will win this case ultimately based on not only on the law but also on the truth."
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