A six-person Florida jury has awarded Hulk Hogan, the former professional wrestler with extra $25 million (£17 million) on Monday.
Gawker, an online American media company has to pay Hogan an additional $15 million (£10.4 million) in punitive damages. At the same time, its British founder/publisher Nick Denton was charged $10m (£6.9 million) in compensation, though the website contended that, it made $11,000 (£7,600) in advertising revenue.
“I think we made history today because I think we protected a lot of people today who may be going through what I went through,” Hogan said on the steps outside the courthouse. “So we’re very excited, very happy,” he said, reveals Telegraph.
In accordance with Sky Gawker had to pay Hogan $115m (£79.5m) last week, after a Florida jury found the media line, breaching his privacy. Gawker published a video of him having sex with his former best friend’s wife in 2012.
Hogan’s lawyers conveyed that he was not aware the incident was being recorded when it happened almost a decade ago and that the clipping was not good enough to make news.
Sources say the website did not show the courtesy of notifying Hogan, the woman (in the video) or her husband DJ Bubba The Love Sponge Clem, before posting the tape. It is believed the video was recorded by DJ Bubba.
Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, confirms that he still suffered from the humiliation of the video going viral, says Sky.
Gawker’s lawyers, meanwhile, called into question whether the sex tape was a stunt and mentioned it had already been posted on at least two other websites.
It was not determined who leaked the footage to the media.
Gawker has indicated that it plans to appeal the decision in a civil case that has drawn wide interest for testing boundaries between a celebrity’s privacy rights and freedom of the press in the internet age.