ESPN Reporter Goes Back to Court Over Peephole Incident

Dec 7, 2011  •  Post A Comment

One of ESPN’s most popular on-air personalities has gone back to court in connection with an incident in which a man videotaped her through a peephole in a hotel room in 2008, reports Reuters.

Sports reporter Erin Andrews refiled an invasion of privacy lawsuit against the man and the hotel itself, the story reports. The lawsuit seeks $6 million from the West End Marriott in Nashville, and $4 million from Michael Barrett, a Chicago man who pleaded guilty to stalking Andrews. Barrett was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in federal prison in 2010 for the crime.

At Barrett’s sentencing, Andrews explained, "I’m being victimized every day … and I did nothing to deserve it." She added that the videos are still on the Internet and may be there forever.

The refiling was to ensure that the statute of limitations would not run out on the suit. In court documents, Andrews’ legal team declared that the hotel was negligent for revealing her room information to Barrett and allowing him to book the room next door.

Marriott’s director of PR told Reuters, "Unfortunately we do not comment on pending litigation." In addition, Barrett’s lawyer declined to comment.


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