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Peter Thiel Can Avoid Gawker Probe, Promises Not to Buy Assets

  • Agreement calls for Thiel not to destroy archived content
  • Tech investor was being probed for role in Gawker’s demise
Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Peter Thiel has agreed not to bid on the assets of bankrupt Gawker Media LLC in exchange for the web publisher’s promise to end an investigation into the tech billionaire.

The accord between Thiel and Gawker’s estate clears an obstacle to the company selling its assets in bankruptcy, according to court papers filed Wednesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York. Thiel had expressed interest in buying the company’s remaining assets as a way to shut down the investigation, and his involvement could have discouraged other potential bidders, an administrator for the estate said in court papers.