Gossip website Gawker to shut down next week after losing Hulk Hogan sex case

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Media and celebrity blog site Gawker.com is to shut down as its parent company is sold to broadcaster Univision.

Gawker founder Nick Denton told staffers that the 14-year-old site was closing down on Thursday afternoon next week, according to a Gawker report.

Hulk Hogan took gawker to court after they published a sex tape of him and his best friend's wife (John Pendygraft/AP/PA)
Hulk Hogan took Gawker to court after it published a sex tape of him and his best friend's wife (John Pendygraft/AP/PA)

Univision, the Spanish-language broadcaster, is buying Gawker Media for 135 million US dollars (£102 million) in the aftermath of a 140 million dollar (£106 million) judgment against it in the Hulk Hogan invasion-of-privacy case.

A bankruptcy court judge has to approve the sale at a hearing on Thursday.

Gawker Media's other blogs include the women-focused Jezebel, tech-oriented Gizmodo and sports site Deadspin.

Gawker founder Nick Denton (Eve Edelheit/AP/PA)
Gawker founder Nick Denton (Eve Edelheit/AP/PA)

The Gawker case gained additional notoriety when it was revealed Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel had secretly bankrolled Mr Hogan's lawsuit.

Mr Thiel was outed as gay by a Gawker-owned website in 2007.