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Gawker, Hulk Hogan Settle Lawsuit for $31M

'Hulk Hogan's retirement will be comfortable'

(Newser) - Hulk Hogan has settled with the smoldering ashes of Gawker Media for $31 million, CNN reports. Gawker was appealing the $140 million a jury awarded Hogan earlier this year. "The saga is over," Gawker founder Nick Denton says. "Hulk Hogan's retirement will be comfortable." Hogan'... More »

Univision Buys Gawker for $135M

The bankrupt media company was up for auction Tuesday

(Newser) - It appears the bankrupt Gawker has a new owner: Univision. The company best known for Spanish-language television bought Gawker Tuesday at auction for $135 million, the New York Times reports. The online media company was forced to put itself up for sale after Hulk Hogan and tech billionaire Peter Thiel... More »

Gawker Founder Files for Bankruptcy

Nick Denton owes Hulk Hogan $125M

(Newser) - Gawker founder Nick Denton filed for personal bankruptcy Monday amid the website's battle with Hulk Hogan. Denton listed $10 million to $50 million in assets and $100 million to $500 million in debts, the New York Post reports; Denton owes Hogan $125 million after a jury sided with the... More »

Gawker May File Its Own Suit Against Peter Thiel

He spent $10M funding lawsuits against them

(Newser) - Well, it looks like Gawker won't be going down without a fight. Forbes reports Gawker Media is looking into suing billionaire archenemy Peter Thiel. Thiel claims he spent about $10 million funding multiple lawsuits against Gawker—including Hulk Hogan's incredibly successful one—in an effort to punish the... More »

Gawker for Sale After Declaring Bankruptcy

And Gawker-hater Peter Thiel is 'closer to his goal'

(Newser) - Gawker Media—responsible for blogs like Deadspin, io9, and Jezebel—filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Friday as a result of Hulk Hogan's successful lawsuit against it, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to Recode , Gawker will be put up for auction, with the first bid coming in at less... More »

Writer Mercilessly Mocked by Gawker Defends Gawker

Stephen Marche stands up for website

(Newser) - Gawker loves to mock Esquire columnist Stephen Marche, as he himself points out in the pages of the New York Times . Among other things, he's made the site's list of the "worst 100 white men" in history, as well as its roundup of "least important writers.... More »

Gawker Just Got Its Own Billionaire Backer in Hulk Hogan Trial

Hogan vs. Gawker is essentially now PayPal vs. eBay

(Newser) - Hulk Hogan's ongoing lawsuit against Gawker is starting to look a lot like a game of Rock'em Sock'em Robots with two tech billionaires at the controls. On Thursday, PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel admitted to secretly funding Hogan's lawsuit to the tune of $10 million. Reuters reports... More »

PayPal Founder Admits Plan to Kill Gawker

It's about sticking up for the little guy: Peter Thiel

(Newser) - Peter Thiel admits he spent around $10 million to fund lawsuits against Gawker in the hope of ruining the media company—and it's "one of my greater philanthropic things that I've done." But "it's less about revenge and more about specific deterrence," the... More »

Judge: Gawker Still Has to Pay Hulk Hogan $140M

She declined to order a new trial or reduce the jury's verdict

(Newser) - Well, it looks like Gawker still owes Hulk Hogan $140 million. On Wednesday, a Florida circuit court judge declined to order a new trial or change the jury's verdict in Hogan's lawsuit against the media company, according to the Hollywood Reporter . Gawker's attorney had asked the judge... More »

PayPal Founder May Be Behind Legal Attack on Gawker

Peter Thiel reportedly funding Hulk Hogan's lawsuit

(Newser) - The founder of PayPal has long made clear that he hates Gawker. Now Forbes reports that Peter Thiel is using his billions to fund a potentially devastating legal fight against the media group. Specifically, the report says Thiel has been secretly funding Hulk Hogan's lawsuits against Gawker over the... More »

Hulk Hogan Is Suing Gawker Again

What a mess

(Newser) - Hulk Hogan won $140 million after suing Gawker for publishing a portion of a sex tape starring him, but he's not done: On Monday, he filed another suit against the website and other entities. This time, he's suing because, he says, an extended transcript of the full sex... More »

What Does the Hulk Hogan Verdict Mean?

Case will need to be upheld to set precedent, but privacy advocates could gain momentum

(Newser) - Hulk Hogan on Friday won an eye-popping $115 million from Gawker Media for publishing a sex tape—more than he sought and what Ars Technica called a potentially "life-threatening event" for Gawker—but what are the real implications for celebrity privacy and for media freedom? The short answer, legally... More »

Hulk Hogan Gets $115M in Gawker Sex Tape Lawsuit

Is it the end of Gawker?

(Newser) - Former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan was awarded $115 million by a jury Friday in his lawsuit against Gawker, which published a sex tape featuring the Hulkster in 2012, the AP reports. It's $15 million more than he was asking. According to Ars Technica , which points out punitive damages could... More »

Hulk Hogan Trial Targets 'News Value' of His Privates

AJ Daulerio admits wrestler's genitals aren't newsworthy

(Newser) - Former Gawker editor AJ Daulerio took the stand Monday in the trial over the website's publication of the Hulk Hogan sex tape, and during what the Hollywood Reporter calls "heated" questioning toward the end of his testimony, this exchange between Daulerio and one of the lawyers for Hogan... More »

Former Gawker Editor Has Disturbing Answer on Sex Tapes

How young is too young to publish? 'Four'

(Newser) - Hulk Hogan is suing Gawker for publishing a sex tape that shows the wrestler with his best friend's wife, and in court Wednesday, the former editor-in-chief of Gawker had a disturbing answer when asked about his policy on sex tapes. In a taped deposition shown to jurors, Hogan's... More »

Hulk Hogan Apologizes for Racist Rant

Says offensive language he used in audio clip 'is not who I am'

(Newser) - A tweet posted last night by Hulk Hogan seemed to portend serious news: "In the storm I release control, God and his Universe will sail me where he wants me to be, one love. HH." That news was revealed by a WWE statement issued this morning, per Sports ... More »

Nude-Photo Hackers Hit 1st Male Celeb

Hulk Hogan's son Nick targeted in 4th round of photos

(Newser) - The hackers who bombarded the Internet with naked photos of hundreds of celebrities ranging from Jennifer Lawrence to Kim Kardashian have released their fourth round and it is notable for a couple of reasons. First, as TMZ reports, they've at last targeted their first male victim in Nick Hogan,... More »

27 Celebs' Real Names

Does Vincent Damon Furnier sound like a rocker's name?

(Newser) - Alice Cooper wasn't actually born with his female-sounding name; his parents dubbed him Vincent Damon Furnier. Radar lists the real names of 26 more stars:
  • Chuck Norris: Carlos Ray
  • Sting: Gordon Sumner
  • Kirk Douglas: Issur Danielovitch
  • Jodie Foster: Alicia Christian Foster
  • Hulk Hogan: Terry Jean Bollette
  • George Michael: Georgios
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Did Hulk Hogan Leak His Own Sex Tape?

Love Sponge claims he did as wrestler sues for $100M+

(Newser) - Hulk Hogan is indeed suing over his leaked sex tape , and for a big number: more than $100 million. The wrestler is going after Bubba the Love Sponge and his ex-wife , who he says recorded him in the act without his permission, as well as Gawker, which made the video... More »

Hulk Hogan: Yeah, That's My BFF's Wife in Sex Tape

Bubba the Love Sponge gave him permission, Hulk says

(Newser) - Just what you need right before lunchtime: More information about Hulk Hogan's sex tape . The wrestler admitted on the Howard Stern show today that his partner on the tape is Heather Clem, the estranged wife of Bubba the Love Sponge, TMZ reports. Bubba, a radio DJ, is Hulk's... More »

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