I’m dying here:
The retired wrestler Hulk Hogan was awarded $115 million in damages Friday by a Florida jury in an invasion of privacy case against Gawker.com over its publication of a sex tape.
The wrestler, known in court by his legal name, Terry G. Bollea, sobbed as the verdict was announced in late afternoon, according to people in the courtroom. The jury had considered the case for about six hours.
Nick Denton, the founder of Gawker and a defendant in the case, was found personally liable, as was Albert J. Daulerio, the site’s former editor in chief.
In his closing argument in the two-week trial, the wrestler’s lawyer delivered a lacerating attack on Gawker’s culture and guiding principles.
“It’s just porn,” the lawyer, Kenneth G. Turkel, told the six-person jury in St. Petersburg, Fla., considering the claim by the 62-year-old former wrestler that he was humiliated and emotionally shattered by Gawker’s 2012 publication of a secretly recorded video of him having sex with a friend’s wife.
Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.