Sportscaster Erin Andrews was awarded $55 million last month by a jury in her high profile lawsuit. Nude videos of Ms. Andrews had been posted by Michael David Barrett on the Internet in 2008. The suit was filed against West End Hotel Partners and Barrett. West End Hotel Partners owns and operates the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University. Barrett has admitted to using a hacksaw to alter the peephole on Ms. Andrews’ hotel room. He then used his cellphone to film her naked.
The jury ruled that Barrett was responsible for 51 percent of the blame in the case. The two hotel companies were ordered to pay the remainder of the damages, amounting to almost $27 million. Ms. Andrews, who testified that the incident continues to haunt her more than five years later, said in her trial testimony:
This happens every day of my life. Either I get a tweet or somebody makes a comment in the paper or somebody sends me a still video to my Twitter or someone screams it at me in the stands and I’m right back to this. I feel so embarrassed and I am so ashamed.
Ms. Andrews was staying at the hotel while covering a college football game for ESPN. It was proved that an employee at the hotel allowed Barrett to be placed in an adjoining room to Ms. Andrews after he asked to do so. Barrett was convicted of stalking Andrews in a criminal case and was sentenced to two and a half years in prison.
Source: Associated Press
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