Hulk Hogan’s fight for his privacy regarding the leaked sex tape published by Gawker a decade ago has resulted in the former WWE wrestler being awarded $140 million and he is now talking about the win for the first time.
Thank you God,I am grateful,”I AM THAT I AM”. Only love HH pic.twitter.com/Y5R42C4EF7
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) March 22, 2016
In an interview with The Post, the former wrestler shares that his stare down with Gawker publisher Nick Denton was what scared him the most. Nick Denton and former editor A.J. Daulerio have been named as the defendants in the wrestler’s lawsuit.
Per reports, A.J. Daulerio thought that publishing the edited sex tape would help the website’s traffic. During cross-examination, the former editor admitted that the tape was not news-worthy at all.
The sex tape was more than 30 minutes and Gawker released a trimmed down version that lasted for only a minute and 40 seconds. Also, only nine seconds showed the actual sex between Hulk Hogan and the wife of his then-best friend radio “shock jock” Bubba the Love Sponge.
Gawker founder Nick Denton wrote a defiant blog post about the $140 million Hulk Hogan case. https://t.co/OpWKQOZZSV pic.twitter.com/szRg5jlKnx
— Mashable (@mashable) March 22, 2016
In his latest interview, Hulk Hogan accused Nick Denton of “buccaneering young stud A.J. (Daulerio).” He also noted how the former editor doesn’t realize how wrong he was for posting the sex tape.
Originally, the wrestler wanted $100 million but was awarded more, summing it up to $140 million. Hulk Hogan said in his latest interview that the company actually offered him a large amount of money to settle but he wanted to stand and fight.
Hulk Hogan judge says Gawker is worth $83 million https://t.co/GjkvNp1IHI pic.twitter.com/V4NdLBbqzw
— CNN (@CNN) March 21, 2016
Further reports also say that if Gawker can’t convince the lower court to reduce the charges, the company would be forced to close down. Currently, the online publishing company runs two other websites, namely Gizmondo.com and Jezebel.com.