Grapevine: Hulk Hogan awarded $140.1M in Gawker case

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Hulk Hogan awarded $140.1 million in Gawker case

On Friday a six-member jury came to the decision that Gawker Media was liable for releasing an amateur sex tape featuring wrestling legend Hulk Hogan. The wrestling and reality television star (real name Terry Bollea) successfully sued the website and was awarded $60 million for emotional stress and $55 million for economic damages on Friday. Monday, after six hours of deliberation, the jury awarded Hogan $25.1 million in punitive damages, bringing the total lawsuit payout to $140.1 million. The punitive damages payout will be split among Gawker Media ($15 million) and its founder and chief executive Nick Denton ($10 million), the Los Angeles Times reports. Albert J. Daulerio — Gawker editor in chief at the time the video was published — has to pay $100,000. After Friday’s verdict, Hogan tweeted “told ya I was gonna slam another giant” and “thank you God for justice.”

‘Mini Kim Kardashian’ found dead

Las Vegas performer Kimberly Tripp was found dead outside her Las Vegas apartment Sunday, Us Weekly reports. Tripp worked with Beacher’s Madhouse performance theater and was known for her role as “Mini Kim Kardashian.” The 32-year-old actress was discovered by her boyfriend, Ricky Sells Jr., who stars in the show as “Mini Kanye West.” The cause of death has not yet been determined. Kardashian expressed her condolences in a tweet Monday. “My thoughts and prayers go out to Kim Tripp’s friends and family! Rest in peace beautiful soul.”

R. Kelly brings ‘Buffet’ to Joe

Grammy Award-winning R&B artist R. Kelly brings his 40-date tour titled “The Buffet” to Joe Louis Arena on April 22. Kelly, who just performed a sold-out show at the Fox Theatre on New Year’s Eve, will be joined by a live band and back-up dancers for this tour. “I’m extremely excited to head back on tour and see all of my amazing fans,” Kelly said in a press release. “‘I’ve changed everything for this tour including the stage setup — plus the production is crazy!” Tickets, $68-$108, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices or via Ticketmaster. Visit for more ticket-buying options. Fans who follow R. Kelly’s social media accounts should look for a promo code for access to a pre-sale, which begins Wednesday.

Noel Gallagher, Ryan Adams tour headed to Meadow Brook

Singer-songwriters Noel Gallagher and Ryan Adams are headed to Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on July 12, venue officials announced Monday. Tickets for the show, $79.50, $59.50 and $35 pavilion and $29.50 lawn, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Gallagher will be performing with his outfit, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, while Ryan Adams will perform with his band, Ryan Adams and the Shining.

Adam Graham contributed

Tuesday’s birthdays

William Shatner, 85

George Benson, 73

Bob Costas, 64

Keegan-Michael Key, 45

Guillermo Diaz, 41

Reese Witherspoon, 40