Erin Andrews has been known among sports fans for years. She first gained real fame and notoriety as the co-host of College GameDay on ESPN and even served as a contributor for Good Morning America. These days, she can be seen hosting FOX College Football and Dancing with the Stars. While it might appear that she’s happy and successful, her father wants everyone to know that things aren’t always what they seem.
In 2008, the world got a more intimate glimpse of Andrews when Michael David Barrett, then 46, filmed the television personality through peepholes in her room at the Nashville Marriott and at Milwaukee’s Radisson Airport Hotel. The following year, a video of a totally nude Andrews was leaked online and, of course, it went viral.
Barrett was arrested by the FBI for interstate stalking and, ultimately, pleaded guilty to the charges. In 2010, he was sentenced to 30 months in jail, three years of probation, $5,000 in fines and $7,366 in restitution. He finished serving his time at the Seattle Community Corrections Facility in 2012.
Andrews sued Barrett, both hotels and five other parties for invasion of privacy and negligence. Apparently, she alleges that hotel employees gave Barrett her dates of travel and an adjoining room. The jury selection for her complaint against Nashville Marriott began earlier this week. In the meantime, she has worked alongside Senator Amy Klobuchar to introduce a federal anti-stalking law.
Steven Andrews recently gave his testimony at the $75 million civil trial against Nashville Marriott. As NBC News reports, the man gave the court an idea of how his daughter has changed since the incident occurred. After describing her as a “shell” of her former self, he went on to say: “She’s terrified. She’s depressed. She is not the girl that we used to know.”
When she first learned of the video, the now 37-year-old host was, understandably, beside herself. As her father explains: “She kept screaming, ‘I’m on the Internet. I’m on the Internet. I’m naked. Everything I’ve worked for is done.’ [That was the] first time in my life as – sorry – as her father where I didn’t know if she was safe or not. I feared for her life… This was about the worst thing that could have happened to her from the perspective of self-pride, comfort in the way you look.”
As her father testified, Andrews sat in the courtroom wiping tears from her eyes. Hotel officials have denied any wrongdoing and blame Barrett for his actions. The trial is ongoing.