LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gawker Media has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, about three months after pro wrestler Hulk Hogan won a $140 million lawsuit against the online gossip and news publisher.
The New York company says in the filing that it has as much as $500 million in debt and up to $100 million in assets.
Hogan sued Gawker after it posted a video of him having sex with a friend’s wife. Hogan was awarded $115 million in compensatory damages plus an added $25.1 million in punitive damages.
It was later revealed that billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel had been secretly funding Hogan’s lawsuit.
Gawker Media operates a handful of websites, including its flagship news site and technology-focused Gizmodo. The company shuttered its Hollywood-focused site, Defamer, late last year.
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