Erin Andrews Awarded $55 Million in Stalker Lawsuit
It’s a win for Erin Andrews.
The sports reporter has been awarded $55 million for damages sustained after her stalker, Michael David Barrett, secretly filmed in 2008 at the Nashville Marriott and then shared the video online.
According to TMZ, the jury deliberated for 6 hours before reaching a unanimous verdict. A judge ruled that Barrett is responsible for $28 million while West End Partners, the Windsor Capital Group that manages the hotel, the will pay $27 million.
Andrews had initially sued the franchise owner of the Nashville Marriott, West End Partners, and Barrett, for $75 million. She claimed the hotel was negligent by giving Barrett her room number and provided with him a room next door.
Barrett was able to film Andrews, who was naked in her room, by removing the peephole from her door and pointing his cell phone camera into her room. He pleaded guilty to stalking in 2009 and served two years in prison.
“I’ve been honored by all the support from victims around the world,” Andrews said in a statement after the verdict. “Their outreach has helped me be able to stand up and hold accountable those whose job it is to protect everyone’s safety, security and privacy.”