According to the Associated Press, a Florida judge has denied a motion by Gawker Media for a new trial in the lawsuit filed by Hulk Hogan, which resulted in a $140 million judgment against the media company. Hogan had sued Gawker for publishing his infamous sex tape, and is currently suing the company a second time for allegedly leaking a transcript of the tape’s audio, which cost Hogan his employment contract with WWE. The judge, who did not elaborate on their decision, also refused to lower the amount of the judgment leveled against Gawker Media.
Hogan’s lawyer responded to the decision by stating that it strengthened their case that “Gawker has failed and continues to fail in recognizing their obligation to Bollea for their reprehensible behavior and method of doing what they call journalism.”
It has also been revealed that Hogan’s lawsuit was bankrolled by PayPal founder Peter Thiel, who has a well-known grudge against Gawker, dating back to the website’s attempt to out Thiel’s sexual preferences publicly before he did so on his own.
Gawker did not immediately respond to the decision. The ongoing saga of this lawsuit will now move into the appellate court, and is, unfortunately, far from over.