Hulk Hogan Gawker Trial

Gawker files motions seeking new trial in Hulk Hogan sex tape case

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By Jessica Goodfellow, Media Reporter

April 6, 2016 | 2 min read

Gawker, the New York-based gossip news website, has filed motions seeking a new trial in the Hulk Hogan case, which reached a verdict last month finding Gawker guilty of privacy violation.

The two-week court case concluded that Gawker had violated the privacy of the former wrestler after it published a video that showed him having sex with a woman who was married to his friend.

The video was posted on the site in 2012, with Hogan's lawyers claiming that Gawker did not contact him or the woman in the video before it was published.

A Florida jury ordered Gawker to pay out $115m to Hogan in compensatory damages last month, plus an added $25.1m in punitive damages, for a total of $140.1m.

In motions filed this week, lawyers for Gawker Media asked for a new trial or for the amount in damages awarded to Hogan to be withdrawn or drastically reduced.

It comes after Gawker's founder Nick Denton responded to the court ruling shortly after the guilty verdict saying the result was "extraordinary" and claiming the publisher "will be vindicated".

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