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After a long court case, Fox sportscaster Erin Andrews was ultimately awarded $55 million this afternoon for her 2008 civil lawsuit filed against the Nashville Marriott hotel after a stalker filmed her nude through her door’s peephole.
The video was put online, going viral with millions of views.
Andrews was suing both the hotel and the man who did this for $75 million in the charges of negligence, emotional distress and invasion of privacy.
The man , Michael Barrett, was convicted and will face 2 1/2 years in prison. He admitted to stalking Andrews and calling the hotel to ask what room she was staying in, according to his testimony in court. The hotel admitted disclosing Andrews’ hotel number information to Barrett, who then requested a room directly beside her. He confessed in trial he did this with the plan of filming her.
The defence’s main argument was that this video made Dancing with the Stars host, Erin Andrews more famous in regards to her television career.
When Andrews testified, she argued against this. Saying this didn’t make her feel famous, but it made her credibility in her career fall.
In part of testimony;
“I feel so ashamed,” she said in her 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 of the video to my Twitter, or somebody screams it at me in the stands. And I’m right back to this.”
I am ultimately so happy for Andrews that this case is finally settled for her, and in a more positive light it seems. Though she didn’t receive the full amount her and her lawyers were looking for, it still a good $55 million. Though as many critics and fans have pointed out, it is not necessarily the money that helps heal the wounds, but all in all Andrews should feel at least satisfied with this ruling. I hope she can now move forward in her career, and hope she is getting help for the issues she clearly has due to this incident.
testimony source: New York Times http://nyti.ms/1QpFfFN