Hulk Hogan says that Nick Denton, the founder of Gawker Media, frightened him when the two came face to face in a Florida courtroom.
Hogan told the New York Post, “He scared the hell out of me.’’
“Denton and I had a stare-down. He scared me staring at me, man. He just sat there staring. It was right after his cross-examination. He stood up and stared. It was like he was going to call me out at Wrestlemania. Yikes!”
Hogan says that during the trial, he wrote affirmations to get him through it: “All I did was write for 11 days affirmations: ‘I am victorious. I am grateful. I am highly favored by God and His universe.’”
They worked. Hogan won $140 million.
Denton plans to appeal the ruling. He wrote on Gawker that he finds the judgment unfair. He also says he finds the claims by Hogan untrue. The former wrestler says he suffered emotional destress from the sex tapes being posted. Denton points out that Hogan talked about his sex life in detail, especially the Howard Stern Show.
“Hogan did not sue us, as he has claimed, to recover damages from the emotional distress he purportedly experienced upon our revelation in 2012 of a sexual encounter with his best friend’s wife, Heather Cole (then Heather Clem),” Denton said. “It turns out this case was never about the sex on the tape Gawker received, but about racist language on another, unpublished tape that threatened Hogan’s reputation and career.”
Denton also said that he has no remorse about posting the sex tape. He insists he wouldn’t have done anything differently. He says his job as a journalist is to report the news and that’s what he did.
“The story has been found newsworthy by a federal judge, the appeals court on repeated occasions. I believe it was newsworthy. Those judges agreed it was newsworthy and so it is a story we would do again.”