Hulk Hogan Law Suit
Hulk Hogan is suing Gawker for $100 million in damages for invasion of privacy. Hogan alleges that the website published a sex tape of him without his consent. This is not the first time that Hogan has sued Gawker; he previously won a $140 million judgment against the website after they published a transcript of his racist rant.
Gawker is arguing that the sex tape was newsworthy, and that they had a right to publish it. They claim that Hogan is a public figure, and that his sex life is therefore a matter of public interest.
The trial is scheduled to begin on July 6.
How much did Hulk Hogan get in settlement?
On July 24, 2016, the New York Times broke the news that Terry Bollea, better known as Hulk Hogan, had reached a settlement with Gawker Media for $31 million. This number was significantly higher than the $10 million that had been previously reported.
The lawsuit stemmed from a 2012 Gawker article that included a sex tape of Hogan and the wife of his then-best friend, radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge. Hogan claimed that he had been unaware that he was being filmed, and that the release of the tape had caused him significant emotional distress.
In March of 2016, a Florida jury awarded Hogan $115 million in compensatory and punitive damages. This was the largest ever award in a defamation case in the United States.
Gawker Media filed for bankruptcy in June of 2016, and on July 21, the company was sold to Univision for $135 million. As part of the settlement, Hogan dropped his pending appeal.
Did Hulk Hogan get any money?
There has been a lot of speculation as to whether or not Hulk Hogan got paid for his appearance at WrestleMania XXX. Initial reports indicated that he did not, but more recent reports suggest that he may have received a payoff after all.
According to a report from the Wrestling Observer, Hogan was paid a “significant” amount of money for his appearance. It’s not clear exactly how much he was paid, but it’s reportedly more than he was paid for his appearances at WrestleMania XXIX and WrestleMania XXXI.
This would seem to confirm earlier reports that Hogan was not happy with the amount of money he was offered for WrestleMania XXX. It’s possible that he received a larger payout after all the negative publicity he received.
Hogan has not commented on the report, and it’s not clear if he will ever confirm or deny it.