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Hulk Hogan Settles Gawker Lawsuit for $31 Million

Hulk Hogan has settled his sex tape lawsuit with Gawker for $31 million, the New York Times has confirmed.

According to court documents, the settlement comes eight months after courts awarded Hulk Hogan $140 million in damages after the site posted a sex tape of him.

“After four years of litigation funded by a billionaire with a grudge going back even further, a settlement has been reached,” Gawker founder Nick Denton wrote in a blog post. “The saga is over. Hogan’s retirement will be comfortable.”

“As with any negotiation for resolution, all parties have agreed it is time to move on,” David Houston, Hulk‘s lawyer, said in a statement.

Hulk Hogan Responds to News of Gawker.com Shutting Down

Hulk Hogan has taken to Twitter to respond to the news that Gawker.com is shutting down following his victory in a lawsuit against the website.

The 63-year-old former pro wrestler seemingly took credit for the site’s fall after he was awarded $140 million from the media company. “They messed with the wrong guy brother HH,” he said.

Hogan sued the website for invasion of privacy after it posted a sex tape featuring the wrestler.

Univision has announced plans to buy Gawker Media, which includes websites such as io9 and Gizmodo, for $135 million. The company plans on shutting down Gawker, though.

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Hulk Hogan Speaks Out After Winning Trial Against Gawker

Hulk Hogan is speaking out for the first time after winning $140 million in a lawsuit against Gawker.

The 62-year-old former wrestler sued the media company for posting a sex tape filmed without his consent.

“I was relieved that people actually finally believe me,” Hulk told People. “So many people thought I was making a sex tape to sell as entertainment.”

Hogan says he didn’t realize until after he had left the courtroom that he had been awarded the huge monetary sum, some of which was later added in more damages.

The reason Hulk went through with the lawsuit was to “let people know what Gawker is all about, come what may and that means no matter what. I think I accomplished that, whether I win or lose or get rewarded with some type of financial assistance or not. At the end of the day, I accomplished my mission and that was to let people know what Gawker is doing and that they’re not legitimate journalists and this is not trying to destroy the First Amendment – we’re trying to protect the First Amendment.”

“It was an invasion of privacy and it was just something I wanted people to know that this is not right,” Hogan added. “It was never about trying to destroy – it was about trying to make things the way they were supposed to be.”

Hulk Hogan Awarded $25 Million More in Damages, Gawker Responds

Pro wrestler Hulk Hogan (whose birth name is Terry Bollea) was just awarded $25 million in additional money for damages in his lawsuit against Gawker media, totaling to $140.1 million.

The $25 million breaks down to $15 million from Gawker, $10 million from the owner of Gawker, Nick Denton, and $100,000 from former Gawker editor in chief A.J. Daulerio. He was awarded $125 million last week in damages as well.

Hulk first filed the case three years ago after the site posted a video of Hulk having a sexual relations with Heather Cole, the then-wife of his best friend.

“$115 million is punishment enough,” Gawker attorney Mike Berry said (via THR). “The amount you have rendered in your verdict is already far beyond their means…that amount is debilitating..my clients have heard your decision.”

Gawker general counsel Heather Dietrick released a statement after the additional decision, “There is so much this jury deserved to know and, fortunately, that the appeals court does indeed know. So we are confident we will win this case ultimately based on not only on the law but also on the truth.”

Hulk Hogan Awarded $115 Million in Gawker Sex Tape Trial

It was just announced that Hulk Hogan will be awarded $115 million as a result of his lawsuit against digital news site Gawker, according to THR.

The 62-year-old professional wrestler first filed the case three years ago after the website posted a video of Hulk having a sexual relationship with Heather Cole, the then-wife of his best friend.

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The post includes the video, which Hulk claims was secretly recorded, and an essay that included a vivid play-by-play of the encounter.

“It’s turned my world upside down,” he said while under oath.

The unique case brought forth issues between the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of the press, and the Fourteenth Amendment, which guarantees a right to privacy under equal protection of life, liberty and property. Gawker plans to appeal the case.

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Hulk Hogan on N-Word Scandal: 'I Wanted to Kill Myself'

Hulk Hogan is speaking out for the first time about the racism scandal that caused him to be fired from the WWE.

“I’m not a racist, but I never should have said what I said. It was wrong. I’m embarrassed by it,” the 62-year-old former wrestler said on Good Morning America.

Hulk revealed that he contemplated suicide around the time when the recording that featured his racial epithets, which was recently leaked, was taped.

“I was at the lowest point of my life to the point where I wanted to kill myself,” Hogan said. “I was completely broken and destroyed and said, ‘What’s the easiest way out of this?’ I mean, I was lost.”


Hulk Hogan Breaks His Silence on Racism Scandal