Editor’s note: Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of people.
On Wednesday night, current and former Gawker Media employees gathered at the company’s Manhattan headquarters to celebrate 14 years of independent journalism ahead of a court-advised sale next week. One former editor, A.J. Daulerio, however, was not in attendance.
That’s partly because Daulerio, who helped shape the aggressive and often scathing style of Gawker Media websites such as Deadspin and the flagship Gawker.com, is due back in a Florida court today to deal with the fallout from a landmark lawsuit involving his ex-employer and former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan. Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, sued Gawker, its founder Nick Denton and Daulerio for invading his privacy by publishing an excerpt of a sex tape featuring him and his friend’s wife. Hogan was awarded more $140 million in damages earlier this year, and is now looking to collect that money.