Hulk Hogan Gets $115M Verdict Against Gawker at Sex Tape Trial

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Weighing free speech against privacy, a Florida jury has decided to uphold the sanctity of the latter by turning in a $115 million verdict against Gawker over its 2012 posting of a Hulk Hogan sex tape.  Story

12 Comments on Hulk Hogan Gets $115M Verdict Against Gawker at Sex Tape Trial

  1. We’ll never know if it would have made if the judge had not disallowed a lot of what the defense lawyers wanted to present to the jury.

    I haven’t paid any attention to pro wrestling since my father took me and my cousin to see Bobo Brazil and the Uline arena in DC back about 50 hears. That was fun because in person it is so obviously all staged and the guys in the ring were having fun hamming it up. So, I don’t feel any particular affinity towards Hogan/Bollea except for this: Anyone who can whack that grotesquely sleazy guy Denton and his minions at Gawker can’t be all bad! And for $115,000,000 – wow!




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  2. That seems a lot for a sex tape. They are free on the web.
    Have no idea what this story is about and don’t care.




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  3. “Ultimately, the case became a battle — at least indirectly —between the First Amendment, guaranteeing free speech and a free press, and the Fourteenth Amendment, where courts have determined that a right to privacy derives under equal protection of life, liberty and property. ”

    It will be intersting to see what the Florida Supreme Court, it is a state court case, not federal, has to say about this issue when the case gets to that level. It will be a long wait.

    Trump’s threat’s about suing media raise similar issues, including what is ‘poltical speech’ and almost absolutley protected by the First Amendment, and when is the line crossed, if ever, when the subject is a public figure running for office.

    What will be more interesting is who new US Supreme Court justice will be when this issue is decided on a national level.




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  4. If I understand it correctly, Hogan sued for $100 million and the jury awarded $115 million. I guess the jury wanted to put an exclamation point on their decision.

    Good for them. Telling the facts of the story is protected speech, showing the video is not.




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  5. I’ve often wondered if I would get any money for my sex tape . . . however, seeing as I’m the only one in it . . . . .




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