Erin Andrews tearfully testifies in $75 million stalker trial
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The sportscaster Erin Andrews tearfully told a court Monday that when she found out a stalker had posted nude video online, she called her father and frantically screamed, “Dad, I’m naked all over the Internet.”
She was so distraught, she said that the hotel where she was staying called to ask if she was okay.
Andrews took the stand as her $75 million civil trial over the secret nude videos reached its second week.
Andrews, a reporter for Fox Sports, is suing her stalker and a Nashville Marriott over recordings made through a peephole during her 2008 stay in the hotel.
During testimony in a Nashville court, Andrews tearfully recalled how much of the public accused her of pulling a publicity stunt when the nude recordings surfaced in the summer of 2009.
“Probably for three months, everybody thought it was a publicity stunt,” Andrews said, choking up. “That ripped me apart.”
Her cases alleges that the Nashville Marriott was negligent for telling a man named Michael David Barrett which room where she was staying in. Barrett was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison in 2010 after admitting to checking into hotel rooms next to Andrews on multiple occasions and making nude recordings of her through a peep hole.
On Monday, Andrews was emotional when her attorney asked if the Nashville hotel ever informed her of Barrett’s inquiries.
“Nobody ever called me,” she said. “Nobody ever told me when I checked in that he asked to be put next to me.”