After already awarding Hulk Hogan $115 million in damages for winning his lawsuit against Gawker Media, a jury has now tacked on some punitive damages above and beyond the original judgment. In total an additional $25 million dollars was added, with Gawker itself on the hook for $15 million, Gawker founder Nick Denton required to provide $10 million, and editor A.J. Daulerio hit with $100,000 on top of what Hogan will already be owed. Gawker Media has made it clear that they will be appealing the decision, and also took to Twitter to decry the initial verdict, the amount of damages, and the addition of punitive damages. Quotes sent from Gawker’s Twitter account say that the punitive damages were “unnecessary”, and claims that the original judgment of $115 million exceeds the value of the company by over $30 million.
It remains to be seen how this whole debacle will play out, so stay tuned!