During court it was shown how the video was removed from the site only months later from the moment it was published and how it was viewed by millions of people. The jury decided Gawker made a conscious decision to make a secretly recorded video that invaded the privacy of Terry Bollea publicly available. As a result Hulk Hogan lost a lot of endorsements. In the privacy invasion lawsuit Hogan and his team had only been asking for $100million. The Florida jury of six awarded the wrestler $115million in damages: $60million for emotional distress and $55million for economic injuries.
Following the verdict Gawker founder Nick Denton had the following to say: “Given key evidence and the most important witness were both improperly withheld from this jury, we all knew the appeals court will need to resolve the case… I want to thank our lawyers for their outstanding work and am confident that we would have prevailed at trial if we had been allowed to present the full case to the jury… That’s why we feel very positive about the appeal that we have already begun preparing, as we expect to win this case ultimately.”