A Florida jury assessed Gawker Media millions more in punitive damages on Monday for having invaded the privacy of the retired wrestler Hulk Hogan, adding to the $115 million it awarded in compensatory damages last week.
After a two-week trial in a St. Petersburg, Fla., courtroom, jurors ordered Gawker, an online news organization, and its two co-defendants to pay the 62-year-old former wrestler — addressed in court as Terry G. Bollea, his given name — more than $25 million in punitive damages.
Gawker Media was ordered to pay $15 million; the company's founder, Nick Denton, was assessed $10 million; and Gawker.com's former editor in chief, Albert J. Daulerio, must come up with $100,000.
In court, Mr. Bollea did not visibly react to the latest award, in contrast to Friday, when he burst into tears. In a statement after Monday's decision, Mr. Bollea's lawyers said the former wrestler felt vindicated, expressing the hope that the ruling would "deter others from victimizing innocent people."
Gawker said it would appeal. Huge damage awards in cases like these are often overturned or significantly reduced.
On Friday, the news site was found liable for harming Mr. Bollea and subjecting him to embarrassment and humiliation by posting a video of him in a behind-closed-doors sexual encounter that millions of people watched. Gawker.com often trafficked in salacious fare before recently turning much of its attention to politics and other, milder topics.