Celebrity Privacy Rights: Is There Enough?
Just recently a Florida jury awarded a total of $25 million in punitive damages Monday in the Hulk Hogan (real name Terry Bollea) sex tape trial, hitting Gawker Media with a $15 million judgment and its owner, Nick Denton, with $10 million. It also judged a $100,000 against A.J. Daulerio, the Gawker editor who decided to post the edited sex video and wrote the post that accompanied it. The punitive damages come on top of a $115 million the jury imposed Friday after two weeks of trial.
For Hulk Hogan and scores of other celebrities, fame more often than not comes at a price …the loss of one’s privacy. Living their day-to-day lives in the public eye, many celebrities must contend with the untruths and misuses of gossip columnists, the craziness of stalkers, and the unrelenting paparazzi, which follow them into restaurants, to their children’s schools, on vacations, and even into their own residential neighborhoods.
I was told after reading the Hulk Hogan case and even after reading so many celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Kit Harington and Adam Driver about their celebrity status and their privacy that “celebrities somehow asked to be in this fame, so really being photographed is part of their job… ”. I must disagree with this statement that people make of these celebrities and entertainers. They have the right like everyone else in their profession to have some sort of privacy once there away from the cameras and they shouldn’t have to fight for it or sound “ungrateful”. The public eye puts a huge strain on these celebrities who entertain us with their expressions and their art. There are laws out there that protect celebrities of these invasions to their privacy but the Hulk Hogan case is pretty huge considering this is the highest celebrity payout of a lawsuit.