Miami - Entertainment website Gawker has challenged a jury's decision to
award $140 million to former wrestler Hulk Hogan, saying on Wednesday it
expected to be "fully vindicated" in the sex tape case.
New York-based Gawker has filed legal motions requesting a new trial
or a reduction in the amount it must pay to 62-year-old Hogan, whose
real name is Terry Bollea.
Hogan had accused the site of invading his privacy when it posted a sex tape featuring him and a friend's wife.
The March trial in the Florida city of St. Petersburg was closely
watched by legal experts, as defense attorneys argued that publication
of the sex tape was protected by the First Amendment of the US
"Gawker is now beginning the process of challenging the jury's
verdict in a trial where key evidence was wrongly withheld and the jury
was not properly instructed on the constitutional standards for
newsworthiness. So we expect to be fully vindicated," the website said
in a statement about its Monday court filings, without elaborating as to
the nature of the evidence.
"And even if the verdict were to stand, there is no justification for
awarding tens of millions of dollars never seen by victims of death and
Hogan was one of America's most famous entertainers in the 1980s and
1990s, known for his bandana, handlebar mustache and crowd-pleasing
routines that included him ripping his shirt apart.
According to Hogan, the amateur video posted by Gawker, which was less than two minutes, was recorded without his consent.
Hogan's lawyer has said the video - published in October 2012 - was viewed around seven million times.
"It is apparent Gawker is unable to accept responsibility for their
actions or demonstrate any intention of correcting their behavior,"
Hogan's attorney David Houston said about the latest filings.