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Hogan awarded PS80m damages over sex tape.

A JURY has sided with former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan and awarded him 115 million dollars (PS80 million) in his sex tape lawsuit against gossip news website Gawker.

The jurors in Florida reached a decision less than six hours after they began deliberations. The trial lasted two weeks and Hogan wept as the verdict was read.

The jury will return to court tomorrow to award punitive damages. Moments after the verdict, Gawker founder Nick Denton said he would appeal, based on evidence that was not introduced in court.

"Given the key evidence and the most important witness in this case were withheld from the jury, we all knew the appeals court would need to resolve this case," he said.

Hogan's team issued a statement: "We're exceptionally happy with the verdict. We think it represents a statement as to the public's disgust with the invasion of privacy disguised as journalism. The verdict says 'no more.'" Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, sued Gawker for posting a video of him having sex with his former best friend's wife.

He contended the 2012 post violated his privacy.


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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 20, 2016
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