ST PETERSBURG, FL - MARCH 08: NY POST OUT Terry Bollea, aka Hulk Hogan, testifies in court during his trial against Gawker Media at the Pinellas County Courthouse on March 8, 2016 in St Petersburg, Florida. Bollea is taking legal action against Gawker in a USD 100 million lawsuit for releasing a video of him having sex with his best friends wife. (Photo by John Pendygraft-Pool/Getty Images)

Hulk Hogan awarded $115 million in lawsuit against Gawker

The suit, in which Hogan sued celebrity gossip website Gawker for $100 million, resulted in a $115 million judgement.

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Hogan, born Terry Bollea, sued Gawker for posting a 90-second video of him having sex with the wife of his former best friend.

The suit included Gawker founder Nick Denton and former editors AJ Daulerio and Emma Carmicha.

Hogan's attorneys argued that the 2012 post violated his privacy and was secretly recorded.

They also said their client did not consent to the video and that it was not newsworthy, nor did Gawker follow proper journalistic protocol and reach out to Hogan or the woman in the video.

Gawker argued that the video was newsworthy since Hogan is a public figure.

The video was recorded in 2007, a time Hogan said was a "low point" made worse for him and his then-wife, Linda Hogan.

"I’m torn, my family is torn," Hogan said, describing the effect of the video on him and his family. "It turned my world upside down."

BuzzFeed News reported that the specific amount of money Gawker has to pay will be determined at a later date.

Denton responded to the jury's decision in a tweet, thanking his lawyers and saying that he expects an appeal.

"We feel very positive about the appeal we have already begun preparing, as we expect to win this case ultimately," he said. 

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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