Shepard Smith, Fox News anchor and target of the occassional Gawker expose, could barely conceal his delight Monday afternoon as he reported on the media outlet’s current financial woes.
Hulk Hogan‘s lawsuit against Gawker for having posted a sex video of the former wrestler in 2012 entered a new phase on Friday when jurors handed down a $115 million judgment against the media outlet. But that judgment was for compensatory damages (which covers emotional distress and financial losses) — still leaving open the door for punitive damages, which the Florida Supreme Court has said can be two to three times larger.
“Gawker’s lawyer had argued that Hulk Hogan’s sex life was fair game, but jurors determined that posting the video was a violation of privacy,” Smith said. Though it’s nothing on the order of a leaked sex tape, Smith’s personal life has been aired in Gawker articles in the past. He continued: “Gawker Media promises to appeal. Further, its founder has said a large judgment would put Gawker out of business — and that, some say, would be fantastic.”
Smith did not elaborate on who those “some” would be, but he took a long, languorous moment to relish the notion of Gawker being sued into oblivion before continuing on to his next segment.
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