Erin Andrews, the well-known ESPN reporter, has filed a lawsuit in a Tennessee State Court, accusing the Nashville hotel where she was unknowingly videotaped in the nude in 2008 of invasion of privacy, negligence and infliction of emotional stress. In addition to the West End Marriott Hotel, Ms. Andrews also named convicted perpetrator Michael Barrett in the lawsuit. Barrett, an Illinois resident, was sentenced to two and a half years in federal prison in 2010 for stalking Ms. Andrews as she traveled around the country to cover sporting events for ESPN and filming her in her hotel rooms.
The popular sports broadcaster is seeking $10 million in damages for each alleged count – $4 million from Barrett, and $6 million from the hotel. She alleges in the lawsuit that Barrett called the Marriott and was told which room Ms. Andrews would be staying in and then rented the room next to her. Ms. Andrews was in Nashville in 2008 to cover a Vanderbilt University football game. The case garnered national attention when it first broke after the videos were leaked to the Internet. After removing or altering the peephole to her hotel room door, Barrett video recorded Ms. Andrews changing clothes and posted the videos to the Web. It is alleged in the Complaint:
The unknowing and unwelcome filming of (Andrews) while she was changing and the further dissemination of unauthorized, private videos of (Andrews) in the hotel rooms has caused and continues to cause her great emotional distress and embarrassment.
Interestingly, Marriott has changed its policies since the incident. Reportedly, it “updated” its “guest registration procedures to further enhance guest privacy.” Mary Parker, a very good Nashville lawyer, represents Ms. Andrews. We wish her well in this matter.
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