Hulk Hogan Pins Gawker To The Mat For $115 Million
The wrestler sued the media company for posting video of him having sex with a friend's wife.By Eugene Daniels | March 18, 2016
In the legal wrestling match between Hulk Hogan, aka Terry Bollea, and the website Gawker, the Hulk is the last one standing. A jury has awarded the wrestling icon $115 million in his lawsuit against Gawker for publishing a tape of him having sex with a friend's wife.
Hogan alleged the video was an example of illegal wiretapping, a violation of the right of publicity and an invasion of privacy.
Gawker argued that because Hogan is a public figure, he forfeited his right to privacy and the video was newsworthy. The company also tried to prove posting the video didn't cause Hogan any emotional stress because he talked about it openly in interviews, even before it was posted on Gawker.