Erin Andrews is seeking $75 million after being secretly videotaped nude while in a Tennessee hotel room. The sportscaster disclosed the amount during a court filing on Tuesday in Nashville, according to FOX News.
Andrews, 37, filed the lawsuit against the Marriott Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. In 2011, after Michael Barrett videotaped her undressing without her knowledge or permission. Erin believed that the Marriott was ultimately wrong in giving out her room number.
The Erin Andrews lawsuit states that Barrett spoke with the Marriott to find out which room she would be in so he could rent out the room next to her, and he then altered and/or removed the peephole to her hotel room so he could videotape her undressing - which he then posted online.
Barrett, an ex-insurance executive from Westmont, Illinois, admittedly followed the sports reporter through Tennessee, Ohio and Wisconsin, requesting rooms adjacent to where she was staying and videotaping her through peepholes. He was arrested October 2, 2021 at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
In 2008, Michael David Barrett, 51, filmed then-ESPN staffer Andrews, in Nashville covering a Vanderbilt University football game, through a front door peephole; he then uploaded several nude clips to the Internet. He pled guilty to felony stalking against Erin, and was subsequently sentenced to 30 months in prison.
Barrett was scheduled to complete a three-year probation term this past summer. He is one of multiple defendants in her lawsuit, which was filed in 2011 and also targets Marriott International.
“The unknowing and unwelcome filming of (Andrews) while she was changing and the further dissemination of unauthorized, private videos of (Erin) in the hotel rooms has caused and continues to cause her great emotional distress and embarrassment,” the lawsuit stated.
Defense attorneys argued that Andrews’ claims were “unreasonably vague and ambiguous” and sought the court order in question, which obliged Erin to provide a specific damages amount. Reports by the media have emphasized the amount of money at stake; however, it’s important to note that in lawsuits like this, lawyers will routinely request an extreme sum with the expectation that it will be drastically reduced.
Erin Andrews originally sued for $10 million in 2012 for invasion of privacy, asking $6 million of the West End Marriott where the incident took place and another $4 million from the man who taped her.
Former ESPN colleagues Chris Fowler, Craig James, and Jesse Palmer are expected to serve as witnesses, along with Andrews’ former Dancing With the Stars partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The trial will take place in February 2016, over four years after the lawsuit was filed.
The bulk of the damages sought come from the West End Marriott, where the leaked video was shot. Erin reportedly claims the hotel is guilty of allowing Barrett to know that she was staying in the hotel and then allowing him to book a room next to her own.
Erin Andrews filed her official amended complaint on Tuesday, asking for $75 million in damages. Barrett was convicted and sentenced to two and a half years in federal prison.