CEO Nick Denton will have to pay millions, jury says.
(Reuters) – A Florida jury awarded punitive damages totaling $25 million on Monday in a second blow to Gawker, coming on top of the $115 million the online news outlet must pay for posting a sex tape of the former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan.
The six-person jury assessed Gawker $15 million in punitive damages. The media company’s publisher and CEO, Nick Denton, was slapped with an additional $10 million.
Hogan sued the website for posting a video clip in 2012 featuring him having sex with the wife of his then-best friend, the radio shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem.
The editor responsible for the post, A.J. Daulerio, was assessed $100,000 in punitive damages.
On Friday, the jury found that Gawker had violated Hogan’s right to privacy and awarded Hogan $115 million for economic damage and emotional distress.