A Florida jury on Friday sided with Terry Bollea, as in Hulk Hogan, in his lawsuit against Gawker Media.
Gawker Media was asked to pay Hogan $115 million - $55 million for economic injuries and $60 million for emotional distress - for publishing a sex tape showing him having sex with his friend’s wife. That’s even more than the $100 million that Hogan was seeking, and the jury’s scheduled to return on Monday to deal with punitive damages on top of that.
Poor Hulk Hogan was the latest star to be hit by rumours of a sex tape, but he’s not the first.
Here’s our round-up of celeb sex tapes that hit the web and had everyone go mad: Is that really her? Is that really him? Who’s that in the background? Who released it and why? Oh, EUGH.
Ashmit Patel and Riya Sen
The sometimes actors courted controversy in 2005 when a controversial MMS of them getting cosy hit the web. The 90-second video went on to achieve Internet infamy, garnering more eyeballs than all the films of their entire Bollywood career put together. Patel himself confessed on national TV that the actress in the said video was indeed Riya, but Riya denied that the woman in the clip was her.
Paris Hilton and Rick Salomon
The most successful celebrity sex tape ever, 1 Night In Paris, proved that recording yourself rolling around naked with someone is a surefire way to make yourself insanely rich and famous. Paris and her then boyfriend Rick Salomon filmed themselves getting frisky in 2004 and the world went crazy for the video. Previously a little known socialite and heiress, the tape kick-started Paris’ career as a reality telly star, singer (?), model and sometime fashion designer. Oh and she’s now some kind of serious DJ, believe it or not.
Kim Kardashian and Ray J
The 39-minute video of Kim and her then-boyfriend Ray J getting up to all kinds of naughtiness in 2007 catapulted the relatively unknown reality star into mega-stardom when it was leaked onto the internet. It also directly earned her about £3 million after she struck a deal with the rights holders. Now she’s become one of the most talked about celebrities in the world and upgraded her rapper beau status by marrying Kanye West.
Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee
Pam’s home-made sex vid with her then-husband Tommy Lee was filmed during their honeymoon in 1995. The tape was stolen from their house and put onto the internet and went viral. It was one of the very first celebrity sex tapes to be leaked in this way. Pam sued the video distribution company and eventually entered into a confidential settlement with them.
Katie Price and Dane Bowers
Before Kieran Hayler, before Danny Cipriani, before Leandro Penna, before Alex Reid, yes, even before Peter Andre, there was Dane Bowers. A lot of Dane Bowers as it happens. The English singer and Katie’s sex tape was nicked from the flat they shared in 1999 and put on the Internet for everyone to, uh, enjoy.
Colin Farrell and Nicole Narain
We’d be a bit disappointed if Colin had never made a sex tape as he seems the right sort. But he has, so, um, we’re not. He was though and ended up suing his 2003 co-star, Playboy model Nicole Narain, accusing her of releasing it to make money. They ended up settling out of court. Colin told Jonathan Ross on his talk show in 2005, “At the end of the deposition the man in charge said, ‘I hope you’ve learned your lesson, Mr Farrell,’ and I said, ‘Absolutely, next time I’ll take the tape with me.’”
Hulk Hogan and Heather Clem
Much like Hulk Hogan’s sex tape with his best friend’s former wife Heather Clem. Hulk said he felt “sick to my stomach” after learning that it could have been his mate, Bubba The Love Sponge, who leaked the tape. We felt more like hurling knowing Bubba let Hulk sleep with his then wife in the first place.
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