Hulk Hogan awarded extra $25 million in sex tape damages

Hulk Hogan testifying in court during his trial against Gawker Media. Credit: Reuters

Wrestler Hulk Hogan was awarded further punitive damages totalling $25 million in a lawsuit over a sex tape posted online by celebrity news outlet Gawker.

A Florida jury ruled on Monday that further damages should be awarded to the Hogan, real name Terry Bollea, after he was awarded $115 million in damages last week.

The six-person jury assessed Gawker $15 million in punitive damages. The media company's publisher and CEO, Nick Denton, was slapped with an additional $10 million.

Hogan, 62, sued the website for posting a video clip in 2012 featuring him having sex with the wife of his then-best friend, the radio shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem.

"I think we made history today, because I think we protected a lot of people today who may be going through what I went through," Hogan told reporters on Monday.