Erin Andrews Awarded $55 Million In Secret Peephole Video Lawsuit
Erin Andrews was awarded $55 million in damages by a jury on Monday, stemming from her lawsuit against the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University, where a stalker named Michael David Barrett secretly recorded the Fox Sports reporter naked through a peephole while she stayed at the hotel in 2008.
Following the court’s decision, Andrews released a statement on Twitter. “I would like to thank the Nashville court, the court personnel and the jury for their service,” she began. “The support I’ve received from the people of Nashville has been overwhelming. I would also like to thanks my family, friends, and legal team. I’ve been honored by all the support from victims around the world.” Andrews added, “Their outreach has helped me be able to stand up and hold accountable those whose job it is to protect everyone’s safety, security and privacy.”
West End Hotel Partners, the company that owns the Nashville Marriott, had argued that the responsibility lay solely on Barrett, who was sentenced to two and a half years in prison following his conviction for secretly videotaping Andrews. The sportscaster’s attorneys, however, contended that the hotel was negligent for readily telling Barrett which room she was staying in, so he could book an adjacent one. Ultimately, the jury sided with Andrews, and the hotel corporation and Barrett were ordered to divide the damages.
Last week, Andrews offered two days of tearful testimony about how “embarrassed” and “ashamed” she was, as well as the longterm effects that the video’s online release has had on her. The “Dancing With The Stars” co-host said on the stand that she’s often taunted because of the video. Andrews noted that on a daily basis she receives 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.”
Deliberations started earlier on Monday, but it didn’t take long for the jury to decide to award Andrews $55 million. The TV personality, who initially sought $75 million, cried as the verdict was announced. Andrews then hugged her lawyers and family, who supported her throughout the painful trial. She even posed for pictures with the jurors, as well as signed autographs for them.