Hulk Hogan, whose given name is Terry Bollea walks out of the courthouse on March 18, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Eve Edelheit/The Tampa Bay Times via AP)
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The trial lasted two weeks, and Hogan wept as the verdict was read.The jury isn't finished; they will return to court Monday to award punitive damages beyond Friday's sum. Just moments after the verdict, Gawker founder Nick Denton said he will appeal, based on evidence that wasn't introduced in court.Hogan contended the 2012 post violated his privacy.Among them: assertions that Hogan filed the lawsuit to hide racist comments made on video, that the woman who Hogan had sex with knew it was being filmed, and that Hogan participated in an FBI investigation and sting because he was being extorted.Hogan's attorneys told jurors this is the core of the case: "Gawker took a secretly recorded sex tape and put it on the Internet".They said Hogan didn't consent to the video, that Gawker didn't follow usual journalism procedures before posting it and that the video wasn't newsworthy. Hogan didn't ask for any of this to happen, lawyer Kenneth Turkel said, adding that Bollea, the private man, expected privacy during an intimate moment.Gawker's attorneys told the jury that the video is "not like a real celebrity sex tape" and urged them to watch the video, which contains nine seconds of sexual content.
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