In 2008, a peeping tom secretly took a video of the American sportscaster and television personality Erin Andrews while she was in the nude inside a privately rented hotel room. The said video was posted online. After seven years of agony, emotional and psychological torture, she was finally awarded a settlement of $55 million for damages sustained.
As reported by People, the current host of FOX College Football for Fox Sports, filed the lawsuit against West End Partners (Nashville Marriott owners), Windsor Capital Group (the agency that manages the hotel), and Michael Barrett, the man who filmed Andrews in her hotel room. On Monday, Andrews said in a statement: “I would like to thank the Nashville court, the court personnel and the jury for their service. The support I’ve received from the people of Nashville has been overwhelming. I would also like to thank my family, friends, and legal team.”
Andrews, who is also a co-host of the television show “Dancing with the Stars,” wept as jurors read the verdict. The sportscaster hugged her attorneys, family and several jurors after the decision was announced. As reported by Miami Herald, the jury ruled in favor of Andrews because they saw first hand how the nude video affected the sportscaster. The video scandal humiliated, shamed her to the point that she also suffered depression. As the forensic computer expert testified, an estimated 16.8 million individuals have seen Andrews’ nude video.
Barrett, the former delivery truck driver, pleaded guilty to stalking in 2009 and served prison time. He admitted during the trial that he secretly filmed Andrews for money. He later confessed that he was personally not delighted about the things he had done and the damage he caused Andrews.
Marc Deadman, the hotel’s attorney said on the other hand that his camp was not convince about the juror’s ruling. “We are disappointed with the outcome of the trial. We are surprised by the verdict, but the jury made their decision based on many factors. We are obviously disappointed by the outcome,” the attorney said as quoted by E Online.