TV presenter awarded $55million over secret hotel video

TV presenter awarded $55million over secret hotel video
Published: 2016 March 08 20:21:11 (14828 Views)
A sports presenter has been awarded $55million after she was secretly filmed in her hotel room.

Erin Andrews was recorded while she had no clothes on by a stalker who booked a room next door to hers. The video was then posted online and has been viewed by millions of people.

She sued Michael David Barrett and two hotels after being left humiliated, shamed and suffers from depression as a result of the video.

Barrett was held responsible for 51 per cent of the verdict while the two hotel companies will share the rest.

Andrews, a Fox Sports reporter and co-host of Dancing with the Stars, wept as jurors announced the verdict. She hugged her attorneys, family and several jurors after the verdict was read. She appeared to sign an autograph for at least one juror.

Andrews' parents described for jurors the terror they and their daughter felt after learning of the video but not knowing who took it, where it was shot and if someone was still watching their daughter.



An FBI investigation would later reveal that Michael David Barrett shot videos in hotels in Nashville and Columbus, Ohio, and posted them online.

The trial focused on the video shot in 2008 at the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt.

On Friday, Davidson County Circuit Court Judge Hamilton Gayden found Barrett at fault and left it up to jurors to decide if the hotel owner, West End Hotel Partners, and former operator, Windsor Capital Group, should share any responsibility. The hotel is a franchise and Marriott was not part of the trial.

Attorneys for the companies argued that while what happened to Andrews was terrible, the stalker should be solely to blame because he was a determined criminal. The attorneys also suggested that Andrews' rise in her career showed she did not suffer severe and permanent distress.

After the verdict, they said they were disappointed and not sure if they would appeal.

They noted their cooperation in the FBI investigation and said the case had changed the hotel industry to make rooms more secure.

Andrews said her stalker's arrest and imprisonment did not make the nightmare go away. She broke down on the stand repeatedly, saying she continues to suffer because people are still watching the videos and taunting her about them.



Source - Metro

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