Wrestling legend Hulk Hogan was awarded $115 million by a jury Friday in a sex-tape lawsuit against Gawker Media.
Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, sued Gawker for $100 million after the site posted a sex tape of Hogan with the wife of his friend and popular radio DJ, Bubba The Love Sponge, back in 2012. Hogan said he didn’t know he was being recorded. In a 2013 taped deposition, Gawker’s former editor-in-chief A.J. Daulerio said he “found [the sex tape] very amusing” and that he “thought it was newsworthy, and it was something that was worth publishing.”
The jury deliberated for less than six hours on Friday. Hogan was awarded $55 million for economic injuries and $60 million for emotional distress, according to Tampa Bay Times reporter Anna Phillips. The $115 million was for compensatory damages; according to Phillips, the jury wants to award punitive damages as well.
The 62-year-old WWE Hall of Famer reportedly broke down in tears after hearing the verdict.
Many in the media took to Twitter to voice their opinions on the decision.