Erin Andrews Awarded $55 Million In Stalking Trial

Posted: Mar 7 2016, 5:41pm CST | by , in News | Latest Celebrity News


Erin Andrews Awarded $55 million in Stalking Trial
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A jury has awarded Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews $55 million in her lawsuit against a stalker who secretly recorded a nude video of her, finding both the stalker and the hotel companies to blame.

It took a full day of deliberations, but the panel said that the stalker was responsible for 51% of the blame and the two hotel companies would share the rest of the nearly $27 million, according to People. The deliberations were about whether or not the hotels shared responsibility.

Andrews tweeted out a statement from her verified Twitter account not long after the verdict was reached:

The "Dancing with the Stars" co-host sued the stalker and the owner and former operator of the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt.

In her testimony, she said that she was publically humiliated and suffers from depression as a result of the videos, which have been viewed millions of times. She also told jurors that she didn't think her life would ever be the same.

Michael David Barrett, the stalker, admitted that he altered hotel room peepholes in both Nashville and Columbus, Ohio, to take nude videos of her. He was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison.

Barrett was an insurance company executive when he took the videos in September 2008. He posted his recordings online after other celebrity websites refused to buy them. He said he picked her simply because she was famous.

Barrett didn't show up for the trial and the judge said he was at fault. Then the jurors had to decide. The companies argued that while what happened was terrible, they couldn't have prevented it.

Andrews said that Barrett asked to be placed next to her, and the hotels didn't tell her. She says that she would have called the police if she would have known he was there.

ESPN is also firing at Andrews after she claimed that they made her work after the videos were found online. It caused some people to say that she did it all as a publicity stunt.

"Developments in the case have been interpreted by some to mean that ESPN was unsupportive of Erin in the aftermath of her ordeal," Josh Krulewitz, a spokesman for the network, said in a statement. "Nothing could be further from the truth. We have been and continue to be supportive of Erin."

Hopefully the money will help and Erin will be able to succeed in feeling more comfortable with herself.

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