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Hulk Hogan was emotionally distressed over sex tape publication on Gawker site, jurors say

Hulk Hogan, whose given name is Terry Bollea,

Hulk Hogan, whose given name is Terry Bollea, in the courtroom Wednesday, March 9, 2016, during his trial against Gawker Media in St. Petersburg, Fla. Credit: AP / Steve Nesius

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The six jurors who sided with Hulk Hogan in his lawsuit over the publication of a sex tape said they believe the ex-pro wrestler was emotionally distressed over it.

In an ABC News interview that aired Thursday morning, the jurors said that despite Hogan’s celebrity status, he’s still a human being. They awarded him $140 million in his lawsuit against Gawker Media.

“If we were all in the same circumstance, how would we feel about it?” juror Paula Eastman said. “And, emotionally, we would have all been pretty devastated.”

Salina Stevens said she looked for signs of remorse from Gawker Media founder Nick Denton but didn’t see any.

Hogan sued Gawker for invasion of privacy after it published the video in which he has sex with his best friend’s wife online. Hogan said he didn’t know he was being recorded. Gawker said the footage was newsworthy information about a public figure, and protected by the First Amendment.

Denton, who says he’ll appeal the verdict, told ABC he still believes the sex tape was newsworthy. He also said he does not think Hogan is credible when he says he did not know he was being recorded.

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