How Celebrities May Wrestle Media After Hulk Hogan Case

Law360, New York (September 9, 2016, 12:05 PM EDT) -- Wayne Cohen

Nicole Schneider In March of 2016, a Florida jury awarded Hulk Hogan $140 million in his privacy suit against Gawker Media LLC. Hogan claimed that a sex tape posted on Gawker's website showed him as Terry Bollea, a private person, and not as his wrestling alter ego. Because public figures have a lower expectation of privacy, this distinction may provide an avenue for celebrities to protect their private lives and achieve similar verdicts. The key question for the media in covering celebrities is what parts of public life are protected under the First Amendment protection of newsworthiness.

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