Hulk Hogan verdict changed the celebrity sex tape landscape

In celebrity sex tape scandal circles, it’s the lawsuit that changed everything.

Hulk Hogan won $140 million from Gawker after it published without consent a portion of a sex tape involving Hogan and his friend’s wife.

Gawker went bankrupt and was shut down in August after its parent company was sold to Univision.

Prior to the lawsuit, a small band of fixers and scandal specialists were kept gainfully employed by keeping stars' private sex tapes off the market. After the verdict, however, business for these crisis managers has slowed to a trickle, as celebrities no longer need them, because they are no longer concerned about their private pics or tapes getting picked up by gossip magazines and websites that have been scared off by the Hogan haul.

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