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Gawker Hit With $25M in Punitive Damages


CN) - A jury on Monday evening awarded awarded Terry Bollea, otherwise known as Hulk Hogan, $25 million in punitive damages, just three days after it slapped online gossip site Gawker with a $115 million compensatory damages judgment for its posting of a sex tape featuring the former wrestler.

The punitive damages awarded by the six-person jury includes $15 levied against the publication itself and an additional $10 million assessed against the company's publisher and CEO Nick Denton.

In addition, A.J. Daulerio, the editor responsible for the post, was assessed $100,000 in punitive damages.

After the jury's decision was announced, Bollea told reporters gathered outside the courtroom that he believes his victory will protect other celebrities who believe their privacy has been unduly violated.

"I think we made history today," Bollea said. - Developing story.

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