Erin Andrews, 37, won $55 million in her lawsuit against stalker Michael Barrett and the owners of the Marriott at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
According to Daily Mail, Andrews who works for Fox Sports and co-hosts TV’s Dancing with the Stars, claimed that the hotel authorities revealed her room number to Barrett. This is how he could stay in the room next to her. Andrews also blamed the hotel for allowing him to use that room. From there, he used a peephole to record her nude video and posted them online in 2008.
The stalker wanted TMZ to buy the video clips that he had shot, but the website denied. Barrett admitted that he himself posted them online and the only reason behind it was Andrew?s popularity. He said that ?she was trending on Yahoo.?
Andrews broke down repeatedly and claimed that people were ?still watching? her clips and making comments. She told the jury that she was ?humiliated, shamed and suffers from depression? after the video went viral.
?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 video to my Twitter or someone screams it at me in the stands and I’m right back to this. I feel so embarrassed and I am so ashamed,? she said.
Her parents talked to the jurors about the ?terror? they had been facing as a family after they came to know about the video but were unknown about the person who shot it. They continued to feel terrified if somebody was ?still watching their daughter.?
The panel came to a conclusion that out of the $55 million, Barrett was responsible for 51 percent of the verdict and the hotels should share the remaining 49 percent. Initially, Andrews had asked for $75 million for the damages.