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Gawker dies next week, killed by an unhappy subject

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Gawker.com, the brash New York website that broke new ground with its gossipy, no-holds-barred coverage of media, culture and politics, is shutting down after 14 years, brought low by an unhappy, but deep-pocketed, subject. The news — appropriately enough, broken by Gawker itself — follows the sale of the site’s parent company to Univision. Founder Nick Denton reportedly told staffers Thursday afternoon that Gawker.com will come to an end next week. Twitter immediately went berserk in an unholy mélange of shock, sadness and Schadenfreude. Univision, the Spanish-language broadcaster,…

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A wrestler, a website and maybe a billionaire go to the mat

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Is Hulk Hogan‘s courtroom cage match with Gawker being bankrolled by a high-tech billionaire with a grudge against the news-and-gossip site? Two months after Hogan won a $140 million invasion-of-privacy verdict against Gawker for posting a sex tape of him, news reports say the pro wrestler is secretly backed by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel. Thiel, who co-founded PayPal and was an early investor in Facebook, was outed as gay by a Gawker-owned website in 2007, and the Gawker…

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Gawker files motions seeking new trial in privacy case

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A New York news website has filed motions in a Florida court seeking a new trial in the Hulk Hogan invasion of privacy case. In motions filed this week, lawyers for Gawker Media asked for a new trial or for the amount in damages awarded to the former pro wrestler be vacated or drastically reduced. Hogan sued Gawker after it posted a video of him having sex with his then-best friend’s wife. Hogan said he didn’t know he was being…

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Hulk Hogan sex-video verdict could have limited impact

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Hulk Hogan‘s $140 million courtroom victory against Gawker for posting a sex tape of the former pro wrestler was many things, including a lurid inside look at the business of celebrity gossip and a dispute over what constitutes newsworthiness. But legal experts generally agree on what it wasn’t: a serious threat to the First Amendment. At this point, it is only a jury verdict, and an appeals court could reduce it or throw it out altogether. Even if it is…

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Hulk Hogan trial may be near end, with closing arguments Friday

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Jurors will hear closing arguments Friday in ex-pro wrestler Hulk Hogan‘s lawsuit against Gawker Media over a sex video, a Florida judge said. Judge Pamela Campbell sent the jurors home for the day Thursday while lawyers for Hogan, Gawker and media companies discussed evidence issues following lunch. Around 2 p.m., with all legal discussions ended, Campbell ended court for the day. Also on Thursday, a Florida court ruled in favor of a group of media companies that wanted documents unsealed…

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Woman who had sex with Hulk Hogan testifies in privacy trial

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The woman who had sex with Hulk Hogan on video testified Wednesday that she didn’t know their encounter was being filmed and said she was very upset that her then-husband had recorded the encounter. The jury in the Hulk Hogan civil trial on Wednesday saw Heather Cole, the ex-wife of radio personality Bubba The Love Sponge Clem, testifying via prerecorded video. In her deposition, recorded in 2015, Cole said she and Hogan had sex at least three times: once in…

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Gawker Media founder cross-examined in Hulk Hogan sex tape case

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The founder of Gawker Media underwent a bruising cross-examination Tuesday by a lawyer for former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan as a trial continued for a second week in Hogan’s lawsuit over a sex video. At one point, attorney Kenneth Terkel had Nick Denton read aloud the explicit post that accompanied the video posted on Gawker. Under Terkel’s combative questioning, Denton read to the jury a post describing Hogan’s sex with the wife of his then-best friend, Bubba The Love Sponge…

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