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I’ll keep updating this as more news rolls in. Simply put, I feel almost euphoric right now. Until it actually happened, I had my doubts. I always hoped for the best, but this is even better than the best. What a day!

From Law Newz

Add Gawker to the list of opponents who have fallen before “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan. The wrestling superstar, whose real name is Terry Bollea, was victorious in the trial over his sex tape that the site posted without his permission. The jury awarded Hogan a whopping $115 million in total damages — $55 million in economic injuries and $60 million for emotional distress. Punitive damages, which could be even a higher amount, are still to be determined. Hogan broke down in tears after the verdict was read.

This was a trial for the ages, with some really weird moments. We had Hogan discussing the blurred line between his wrestling character Hulk and Terry the person, including apparently different penis sizes. We also had Gawker founder Nick Denton delivering a tender reading of the site’s commentary on the sex tape.

Most important, however, was that a jury decided that when it comes to privacy, there are some things that should apply to everyone, no matter how famous they are. They believed that what two people do behind closed doors is not for some website to show the world, just because one of them is famous.

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From CNN:

“Mr. Bollea is exceptionally happy. This is not only his victory today, but also anyone else who’s been victimized by tabloid journalism,” his lawyer David Houston said outside the courtroom. Hogan stood quietly behind the lawyer, his sunglasses failing to concealed dried tears on his cheeks.

The jury must still consider whether to impose punitive damages next week. “We’re coming back Monday for the rest of it,” Houston said.
Gawker’s legal team appeared to have anticipated a costly verdict. Lawyers for the New York news site issued a statement shortly after the jury retired to begin deliberations. The statement mentioned the jury’s inability to consider a trove of recently unsealed documents related to the case. “It may be necessary for the appeals court to resolve this case,” the statement said.

Denton read from a prepared statement Friday evening that said, “Given key evidence and the most important witness were both improperly withheld from this jury, we all knew the appeals court will need to resolve the case. … That’s why we feel very positive about the appeal that we have already begun preparing, as we expect to win this case ultimately.”

The jury awarded Hogan $55 million for economic injuries and $60 million for emotional distress. The jury will reconvene next week to consider punitive damages on top of the $115 million already awarded.

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54 comments
    1. I wouldn’t say their chances of winning the appeal are fantastic though, and it means they’ll be operating in the fucking red for the foreseeable future while the case winds through the appeals process. Gawker is almost certainly dead and what remains to be seen now is if Denton and the other higher ups get to walk away without their own assholes utterly economically devastated.

      Hulk is love. Hulk is life.

      1. An appeal would hinge on new information being brought to light that would change the verdict. Unless Gawker’s legal team has something REALLY clever in their back pocket, it’s going to fail hard.

        1. my guess is Love Sponge, who seems money crazed enough to take a massive payoff by Denton to swear Hulk was in on the taping.

        2. In any case they’ll have to post that fifty million bond just to get the process started and since he’s personally liable Denton basically has to try and appeal this or he’ll end up a hobo. So considering he owns over 60% of Gawker expect him to begin liquidating the company in order to raise the funds.

      2. As someone who knows an ex-con, he told me that very rarely do appeals courts ever over-turn the previous decision.

  1. I’m sure having “Gawker Media” on your resume is gonna be a great asset going forward, most companies absolutely cream themselves at the opportunity to hire someone they think will lose them 115 million dollars.

  2. He is not just our Hero

    He is Hulk Hogan…All American Hero

    Godspeed Hulk you glorious bastard….now finish them in appeals court!

    1. AND HERE COMES DENTON FROM BEHIND WITH A METAL CHAIR! OH GOD! HE BENT IT DOUBLE SMASHING THE HULKSTER IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD,,,WAIT! HOGAN ISN’T EVEN PHASED! IF ANYTHING THIS APPEARS TO HAVE AMUSED HIM! WHAT? WHAT IS HULK DOING? OH DEAR GOD! HE’S ROLLED THE REMAINS OF THE CHAIR UP INTO LONG TUBULAR SHAPE! AND NOW,,,SWEET JESUS! HE,,,HE SEEMS TO HAVE YANKED DENTON’S TROUSERS DOWN AND IS NOW PROCEEDING TO SHOVE THE TWISTED METAL CHAIR RIGHT UP HIS ASS! C’MON REF! THERE’S A FORIEGN OBJECT IN THE RING!

      (Clarifiction for my fellow Americans unfamiliar with UK slang: “ring” is a term used over here for the asshole,,,hate explaining humor normally but in this instance it seemed ok as I never knew that till I moved here and i had several Brit friends in the states who i gues never used it there as they figured yanks wouldnt get it.)

  3. Just remember folks: The appeals court that Gawker will be dealing with is the same one that shot down a first amendment style defense over a lawsuit on the matter of nude photos of Chris Benoit’s wife. If Denton wasn’t a total fucking retard, he’d cut his losses now and run.

  4. OH SHIT! Hulkamania is running wild all over Gawker, brother!

    Looks like it’s time for the fucktards at Jezebel and Kotaku to start putting up Patreons and start e-begging to pay the rent! Have fun in the unemployment line, Widdle, Totillo, Hernandez, Schreider, Grayson, and Klepek!

  5. Gawker has a real newsworthy story to report now.
    One that cost them a hundred fifteeeeen million dollas

  6. Nick Denton and AJ Daulerio are pure scum and they are lucky Hulk is a humble guy considering that both of these turds tried to ruin him.

    1. Hulk has had his issues with his ego before, but I’m also willing to note that he did ‘pay his dues’ in the wrestling business, back when he was a rookie running errands for Andre the Giant (seriously; he acted as Andre’s chauffeur and beer caddy).

      And regardless of Hogan’s ego, Gawker was so far in the wrong they were time sharing with Gene Ray of Timecube.com.

      1. I know Hulk had an ego and I’m talking about physically going after scum like those two. They are lucky they didn’t mess with the wrong person.

  7. This is a big win, not just for hogan but everyone that gawker has fucked in a similar fashion.
    Hogan is far from the first person they’ve grossly violated personal privacy.
    If they ain’t broke after this, common law will make sure they eventually will be with similar cases, which there will be.

  8. YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!!

    Wrong wrestler, but still YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES!!!

  9. I’m going to say this is a passive victory for #GamerGate as well considering just how poisonous an enemy they were to the truth during all that. Fuck Sam Biddle. An infinite number of fucks be upon both Denton and Biddle’s heads.

  10. It’s a victory for sure, but these judgements are often reduced on appeal, I don’t see a reason that wouldn’t be likely.

    Well, maybe ONE reason, the appeals court may not want to sympathize with 5 year old sex tape types like Gawker, but it still won’t make or break the deal.

  11. Sorry, Gawker, you’re through, you’re finished, you’re done!

    #GamerGate bitch-slapped you and then beaned you with the chair and Hogan just dropped the leg on you.

    You’re going to lose the appeal and Hogan will pin you for the 1-2-3!

  12. I’ve never been a fan of Hulk Hogan or anything he’s done, that’s not to say I dislike him, but I’m very glad to see he won. More so, I’m glad to see Gawker getting no less than what it deserves. Crash and burn, fuckers.

  13. The hits just keep on coming. I can see why sjws love destroying people’s livelihoods if it gives this kind of rush.

  14. Oh my,is this what victory smells like? It kida smells like 115 million dollars.

    Oh that’s nice. Smells better than the humble pie Denton has to eat tonight. I hope he fills up, because even in appellate court, I don’t think the verdict will really change.

  15. Dude, 4 sentences! I prefer the insight, backstories and general filling you usually supply with your stories, not images of tweets and exerts from other outlets.

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