Erin Andrews Tearfully Recounts How ESPN Forced Her to Talk About Her Stalker
Erin Andrews became distraught in court on Monday (Feb. 29, 2016), as she spoke about the fallout after being videotaped in her hotel room by a stalker. Andrews, who filed a $75 million lawsuit against former insurance executive Michael David Barrett and the Nashville Marriott hotel where she was filmed, took the stand for the first time yesterday.
Andrews was reduced to tears when she recounted how her former employer ESPN forced her to participate in a sit-down interview before she could return to work. “Because there wasn’t an arrest, because we didn’t know where this happened, my bosses at ESPN told me, ‘Before you go back on air for college football, we need you to give a sit-down interview.’ And that was the only way I was going to be allowed back,” she testified.
Although Andrews was given the chance to choose who would interview her, she said she felt considerable pressure to go with Good Morning America, but eventually chose Oprah Winfrey. Even though ESPN respected her choice, Andrews remembered how traumatizing it was for her to have to talk about the ordeal in public.
“I think her producer had heard me crying, and all of a sudden in walked Oprah, in her slippers, and her butterfly eyelashes,” Andrews said. “I didn’t have time to get up out of the chair, and she walked over to me, and I was hysterical,” Andrews said on Monday. “And she said, ‘I’ve got you, you’re safe here. I’ll take care of you.'”