Former World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) champion, Hulk Hogan, has been awarded £79m in his court case against Gawker, a gossip website that published a sex tape in which he is seen having sex with his best friend’s wife.
Hogan, who was famous for his exploits in the rings between the eighties and the nineties said that the publication violated his privacy, and he was not aware the encounter was caught on camera.
Lawyers for the site had argued that the video was a legitimate news story covered by the First Amendment given how frequently Hogan talked about his sex life in the media.
On Friday, a Florida jury awarded Hulk Hogan a total of $115m (£79m), explaining that $55million for economic injuries and $60million for emotional distress.
While the jury’s verdict was being read Hogan broke down in tears in the courtroom.
Reports have it that there were three sex tapes of Cole and Hogan, and it was the second one that Gawker edited and published.
According to Daily Mail, in the third tape, Cole and her husband acknowledge that the sex was filmed, with Cole telling her husband after Hogan leaves the bedroom;
‘His dick hurt so f****** bad. You’ll probably just see my face squirming. I just tried to get past the pain to enjoy it.’
The report said the couple had an open marriage, and Cole admitted that her husband had previously taped her having sex with other men.
Cole said that her husband showed her the 30-minute sex video several weeks after one encounter with Hogan at their home.