A Florida jury has rewarded retired professional wrestler, Hulk Hogan $115m (£79m) after the gossip news website, Gawker published his sex tape.
The sex tape, released by Gawker in 2012 is reported to have infringed on the privacy of the wrestler and the women in the video. Mr Hogan’s legal team in the law suit argued that the New York-based website violated his privacy and the video was not newsworthy. Thevideo showed Mr Hogan was secretly recorded having sex with his friend’s wife.
Lawyers for Gawker argued that although jurors might find the website’s actions distasteful, the concept of freedom of the press was more important to uphold. Mr Hogan’s lawyers said Gawker had infringed on the privacy of the wrestler.
Hogan has noted that the release of the sex tape affected his career tremendously.