A Florida jury has decided that a grainy sex tape released without permission is worth $115 million in compensatory damages, plus $25 million in punitive damages, resulting in a staggering award of $140 million. Retired wrestler Hulk Hogan, whose real name is Terry G. Bollea, brought the lawsuit against the founder and former Editor-In-Chief of news and gossip website Gawker for invasion of privacy after the posting of a clip of the mid-2000’s sex tape. The grainy black-and-white footage, posted by Gawker in 2012, shows Bollea having sex with the wife of his friend, Todd Clem. While the video itself clocks in at just under two minutes, actual sexual content comprises only approximately nine seconds of the video.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on April 16, 2016. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Kaplun, Alyssa, "Hulk Hogan, the Celebrity Sex Tape, and the First Amendment" (2016). AELJ Blog. 107.