Hulk Hogan awarded $25 million in punitive damages in Gawker suit
A Florida jury awarded former WWE wrestler Hulk Hogan an additional $25 million in punitive damages Monday as part of his lawsuit against Gawker.
The punitive damages are on top of the $115 million in compensatory damages the jury awarded Hogan on Friday after it found Gawker invaded Hogan’s privacy and caused him emotional distress by publishing a portion of a sex tape featuring Hogan and the then-wife of a friend.
The company is responsible for $15 million in punitive damages, Gawker CEO and publisher Nick Denton is responsible for $10 million and former Gawker editor in chief A.J. Daulerio was ordered to pay $100,000.
After the punitive damages were announced, Gawker released a statement saying it was confident it will win the case on appeal.