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Nick Denton is NOT backing down!
On Tuesday, the blog's founder wrote a lengthy post on his website where he plans to fight the verdict.
"Emotion was permitted to trump the law, and key evidence and witnesses were kept from the jury. We have had our day in trial court, and we lost. We will have our day back in appeals court, and we will be vindicated."
The 49-year-old journalist believes the case wasn't so much about the wrestler's sex life; it was about the racial slurs Hogan said in the footage.
"Hogan filed the claim because he was terrified that one of the other tapes, which memorialized his rant about his daughter dating "fucking n***ers," might emerge. As I have come to learn, Hogan himself put it in a text message to his best friend… days after we published our story: ‘We know there's more than one tape out there and a one that has several racist slurs were told. I have a [pay-per-view special] and I am not waiting for anymore surprises….' I had suspicions, but it is now clear that Hogan's lawsuit was a calculated attempt to prevent Gawker, or anyone else who might obtain evidence of his racism, from publishing a truth more interesting and more damaging than a revelation about his sex life."'
The British writer believes the trial was one-sided from the start.
"The plaintiff's lawyers, with the occasional assist from our witnesses, successfully painted Gawker as representative of an untrammeled internet that good and decent people should find frightening and distasteful."
To read Denton's full statement, ch-ch-check it out (below)
And that's a wrap!
As we reported, Hulk Hogan was awarded $115 million after the jury ruled in favor against Gawker Media, who the the WWE athlete had sued for posting a video in 2012 that featured him having sex with his former best friend's wife. Oh man!
Of course, that initial ruling was only for the compensatory damages that the media site inflicted when they published the seXXX tape without even giving the reality TV star a heads up. On Monday, the jury heard the plaintiff and the defendant's lawyers go head to head over whether or not Gawker should have to pay punitive damages too.
In case you forgot, punitive damages are meant to punish defendants like Nick Denton's scandalized site and to deter future lawbreakers from making a habit of the bad behavior. Hulk (born Terry Bollea)'s legal team pitched during closing arguments that the jury can "make a statement" with their decision.
However, the controversial site's defense noted that the company is only worth
But the site's founder, Nick Denton, believes the sex tape scandal is far from over. On Friday, after a jury granted the former wrestler $115 million — $15 million more than he asked for — the British journalist released a statement about his legal loss.
The 49-year-old claimed — once again — witnesses and evidence that weren't presented in court could have caused the jury to reach a different decision.
The businessman explained that he and his attorneys are already working on appealing the ruling, saying:
Today is a great day for Hulk Hogan!
On Friday, the jury in the Hulk sex tape scandal ruled in his favor against Gawker media. They also granted Hogan MORE money than the $100 million he asked for.
According to court records, the jury awarded the wrestler $55 million for economic injuries and $60 million for emotional distress. This means H.H. is walking away with $115 million bucks!
Wow! Gawker must be SO upset right now!
So, do YOU think the courts made the right decision?
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Drama, drama, drama.
Now that the closing arguments for Hulk Hogan's $100 million lawsuit against Gawker have come to a close, it seems that the NY based website is bracing for a loss.
In case you forgot, the WWE wrestler is suing Gawker for posting a video in 2012 that featured him having sex with his former best friend's wife. Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, and his legal team claim that this decision was a violation of his privacy — especially since the company didn't have the "common decency" to inform the parties featured in the tape that they were releasing it.
In a recent statement, the media site shared:
As you know, Hulk Hogan is dealing with his $100 million lawsuit against Gawker Media for releasing part of a sex tape that shows the the 62-year-old having intercourse with Heather Cole, the ex-wife of his former friend Todd Clem, a.k.a. Bubba the Love Sponge.
Miz Cole testified at Hogan's trial on Wednesday via a videotaped deposition from 2015 in which she claims she didn't know their sexual escapades were being filmed.
Cole also asserts that she had sex with Hogan several times at her ex-husband's request, and she was upset when she learned of the infamous tape: