Hulk Hogan's relief over sex tape trial victory
Hulk Hogan is "relieved" he won his sex tape trial because it means people "finally believe" him.
The 62-year-old walked away with a staggering $140 million in damages after suing Gawker Media bosses for a sex tape editors published without his permission in 2012.
Speaking for the first time following Friday's (18Mar16) verdict, Hogan insists he is just happy that the truth has been clarified through the case.
"I was relieved that people actually finally believe me," he told People.com. "So many people thought I was making a sex tape to sell as entertainment."
The intimate footage featured Hogan, real name Terry Bollea, sleeping with a friend's wife at their home in Florida back in 2007. The athlete insisted he had no idea he was being recorded and sued Gawker, its founder Nick Denton and ex-editor A.J. Daulerio for $100 million (£69.6 million).
Fighter-turned-film and TV star Hulk was originally awarded $55 million (£38 million) for economic injuries and $60 million (£42 million) for emotional distress by jury members in a Tampa, Florida court. The two parties returned to court on Monday (21Mar16) as the jury members continued to deliberate over punitive damages, and they subsequently bumped Hogan's haul by another $25 million (£17.4 million), with Gawker company chiefs responsible for $15 million (£10.4 million) and owner Denton taking the hit for the remaining $10 million (£7 million).
The financial side of the case came as a shock to Hogan though, as he admits he only found out the amount when he and his legal team went upstairs for a team meeting after the case.
"I heard them say the number and I said, 'What? What are the numbers?'" he added.
Hogan also reveals his intention with the lawsuit was to rectify what he deemed an "invasion of privacy".
"It was just something I wanted people to know that this is not right," he says. "It was never about trying to destroy – it was about trying to make things the way they were supposed to be."
- Cover Media