-- Shortly after Gawker Media filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today, the media company announced that it had entered into an asset purchase agreement with Ziff Davis, a global digital media company that is a subsidiary of j2 Global, Inc.
During the sale process, Gawker Media's seven media brands will continue with their usual operations, according to a press release.
Other bidders can still offer a higher price for Gawker Media, which will be sold in a bankruptcy court supervised auction, the press release states.
“We are encouraged by the agreement with Ziff Davis, one of the most rigorously managed and profitable companies in digital media. A combination would marry Ziff Davis’ strength in e-commerce, licensing and video with GMG’s premium media brands," Gawker Media founder Nick Denton said in a statement.
Then, in May, Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, sued the media company again, this time for allegedly leaking a transcript in which he used a racial slur. When that information was made public, Hogan was fired by his employer, World Wrestling Entertainment.
Gawker has denied any wrongdoing.
After learning of Gawker's bankruptcy filing, Hogan's legal team told ABC News in a statement that their plans for the future hadn't changed.
"We have every intention to continue to pursue our judgement against Gawker and to hold them accountable for violating Mr. Bollea's privacy whether it be in the bankruptcy court or any other court," they said.
“It’s less about revenge and more about specific deterrence,” he told the New York Times. “I saw Gawker pioneer a unique and incredibly damaging way of getting attention by bullying people even when there was no connection with the public interest.”
In an open response letter, Denton called Thiel's financial backing of the lawsuits "twisted," and worried that it could be disastrous for media companies in the future. He also invited Thiel to discuss the issue publicly.
"Among the million posts published by Gawker and other properties since the company was founded, there have undoubtedly been occasions we overstepped the line. In offsetting the fawning coverage of tech luminaries and others, sometimes our stories swing too far for my taste toward snark," he in an open letter. "But this vindictive decade-long campaign is quite out of proportion to the hurt you claim."
Through a spokesperson, Thiel declined to comment.