Friday 30 September 2016

Jury awards Hulk Hogan £80m in sex tape lawsuit

Published 18/03/2016 | 23:21

Hulk Hogan in the courtroom in St Petersburg, Florida (AP)
Hulk Hogan in the courtroom in St Petersburg, Florida (AP)

A jury has sided with former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan and awarded him 115 million dollars (£80 million) in his sex tape lawsuit against Gawker Media.

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The jurors reached the decision less than six hours after they began deliberations, following a trial lasting two weeks.

Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, sued Gawker for 100 million dollars (£69 million) for posting a video in 2012 of him having sex with his former best friend's wife. Hogan contended it was a violation of his privacy.

Gawker's editors said the video and an accompanying post was a newsworthy commentary on the ordinariness of celebrity sex videos.

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