Erin Andrews says she will never get over stalking incident
FOX Sports broadcaster Erin Andrews testified in her civil lawsuit Tuesday that she will never get over the emotional fallout of her 2009 stalking incident.
Andrews is suing a Nashville hotel seeking $75 million for negligence in allowing her stalker to stay in the room next to her and film her changing clothes. During questioning, Andrews admitted though her career has thrived since 2009, she is still affected emotionally by the incident, which resulted in nude videos of Andrews being posted on the Internet.
Andrews testified that she now has hotel rooms swept for bugs or recording devices during long business trips, she is taunted about the videos daily, and she worries she will have children who will come home and say other kids have seen her nude.
“I feel so ashamed,” Andrews testified. “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.”
Andrews is arguing in her lawsuit the hotel put her stalker, Michael David Barrett, in the room next to hers at his request. The defense claims Barrett carefully planned to be in the room next to Andrews and is denying responsibility for the crime.
Barrett was arrested in 2009 and spent more than 2 1/2 years in a federal prison after pleading guilty to interstate stalking.