Jury Awards Hulk Hogan $115M in Gawker Lawsuit

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St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP) -- The Latest on the trial of wrestler Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against the New York-based website Gawker (all times local):

7 p.m.:

A jury has sided with ex-pro wrestler Hulk Hogan and awarded him $115 million in his sex tape lawsuit against Gawker Media.

The jurors reached the decision Friday evening, less than six hours after they began deliberations. The trial lasted two weeks.

Hogan, whose given name is Terry Bollea, sued Gawker for $100 million for posting a video in 2012 of him having sex with his former best friend's wife. Hogan contended it was a violation of his privacy.

Gawker's editors contended the video and an accompanying post was a newsworthy commentary on the ordinariness of celebrity sex videos.

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1:05 p.m.:

Jurors have begun deliberating in the civil trial of pro wrestler Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker media over a sex video.

Lawyers for both Hogan and Gawker gave closing arguments on Friday morning.

Hogan, whose given name is Terry Bollea, is suing Gawker for $100 million for posting a video in 2012 of him having sex with his former best friend's wife. Hogan contends it was a violation of his privacy.

Gawker's editors contend the video and an accompanying post was a newsworthy commentary on the ordinariness of celebrity sex videos.

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11:15 a.m.:

Lawyers for Gawker Media have started their closing arguments in the civil trial of pro wrestler Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker media over a sex video.

Gawker's attorneys told the jury that the video is "not like a real celebrity sex tape" and urged them to watch the video, which contains nine seconds of sexual content.

Hogan's attorneys told jurors that the core of the case is that "Gawker took a secretly recorded sex tape . and put it on the Internet."

They said Hogan didn't consent to the video, that Gawker didn't follow usual journalism procedures before posting it, and that the video wasn't newsworthy. Hogan didn't ask for this to happen, lawyer Kenneth Turkel said.

Hogan, whose given name is Terry Bollea, is suing Gawker for $100 million.

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9:30 a.m.

Closing arguments have begun in the civil trial between pro wrestler Hulk Hogan and Gawker media over a sex video.

Hogan's attorneys presented their arguments first, saying that Hogan didn't consent to the video. They said Gawker did not follow usual journalism procedures before posting the video because they didn't call Hogan for comment.

Lawyers for Gawker will presents closing arguments afterward.

Hogan, whose given name is Terry Bollea, is suing Gawker for $100 million for posting a video in 2012 of him having sex with his former best friend's wife. Hogan contends it was a violation of his privacy.

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Closing arguments are expected to begin in former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker Media over a sex tape.

Court resumes at 9 a.m. Friday after Judge Pamela Campbell sent jurors home early Thursday while lawyers for Hogan, Gawker and media companies discussed evidence issues.

On Thursday, the Second District Court of Appeals in Lakeland, Florida, ruled that sealed documents in the case are public records and should be available to the public and the media.

Attorneys for media companies including The Associated Press were seeking to have the files unsealed.

Hogan, whose given name is Terry Bollea, is suing Gawker for $100 million for posting a video in 2012 of him having sex with his former best friend's wife. Hogan contends it was a violation of his privacy.

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