Here's how my brain works...
THE PLAINTIFFS (the victims)
THE DEFENDANTS (the accused)
Andrews: Michael David Barrett, a 54-year-old man who followed Andrews around the country, gaining access to hotel rooms next to hers, altering the hotel door peepholes and shooting video of her changing clothes.
Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt hotel, negligent in allowing Barrett to reserve the room next to hers and rig her room’s peephole with a camera to record video.
Hogan: Gawker - A celebrity gossip web site that aired a sex video featuring Hogan and Heather Clem, the then-wife of radio personality Todd "Bubba the Love Sponge" Clem without permission.
Andrews: Seeking $75 million, was awarded $55 million, with over $28 million apportioned to Barrett, who was found 51% at fault, and over $26 million from Windsor Group, the Marriott’s owner and manager, who was found 49% at fault.
Hogan: Seeking $100 million, was actually awarded $115 million upon completion of the trial. Gawker was hit with an additional $25 million in punitive fees on Monday.
SO BASICALLY WHAT HAPPENED...
Andrews' reasonable expectation of a level of basic privacy that would allow her to change clothes in a hotel room, was violated and she is unlikely to see much, if any, of the amount she was awarded, which was $20 million less than what she sought.
Hogan, knowingly or not, a married man himself at the time, was recorded having sex with the wife of a "friend" (at the time), which somehow ended up at a sleazy web site that reports sleazy celebrity news and was awarded $15 million more than he asked for.
AND TO SUM UP...
Something that could happen to any person minding their own business at what is generally considered an established and respected brand of hotels is worth about a third of something that could only happen to someone with a certain level of notoriety who engages in a very specific activity that carries an obvious and inherent level of risk of exposure.
|No judgment, but come on dumbass (okay, a little judgment).|