( 4UMF NEWS ) Jury Awards $55M To Erin Andrews:
Jurors awarded Erin Andrews $55 million in a lawsuit over nude videos a stalker took and posted online.
Andrews’ stalker, Michael Barrett, was found to be 51% at fault. He is ordered to pay out more than $28 million. Nashville Marriott (west end/Windsor capital) was found to be 49% at fault and is ordered pay more than $26 million.
The Fox Sports reporter and co-host of the TV show “Dancing with the Stars” testified that she was publicly humiliated, shamed and suffers from depression as a result of the videos, which have been viewed by millions of people online. In at times tearful testimony, Andrews told jurors that she didn’t think her life would ever be the same, and she still gets taunted by people who have viewed the videos.
The owner and former operator of the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt have argued that while what happened to Andrews was terrible, the stalker, Michael David Barrett, was a determined criminal who should be solely to blame.
Barrett admitted to stalking Andrews, altering hotel room peepholes in Nashville and Columbus, Ohio, and taking nude videos of her. He was sentenced to 2 years in prison.
Barrett was a Chicago-area insurance company executive when he took the videos of Andrews at the Nashville hotel in September 2008. Most of the video was shot at the Nashville hotel.
He said he posted the recordings online after celebrity gossip website TMZ refused to buy them. The only reason he picked Andrews was because she was popular and he saw that she was trending on Yahoo, he said in a deposition played during the trial.