In his closing argument, Andrews' attorney encouraged the jury to award her damages that took into account the "full amount of harm that's been done to her. During her testimony, Andrews said she has suffered because of the video for the last seven years. She was forced to seek help in dealing with the trauma and now has an elaborate strategy for checking out hotels she stays in. Her parents told the court that she was a "shell" of her former self. The jury of seven women and five men found both Barrett and Windsor Capital, the hotel management company, responsible. After the verdict, Andrews tweeted her thanks to the jury and others, including other stalking victims.
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Ms Andrews was stalked by Michael David Barrett, who fixed a camera to the peephole in her hotel room door in , according to the Washington Post. Ms Andrews was working for ESPN at the time and was in Nashville for a football game when the videos were recorded and uploaded to the Internet. Mr Barrett, who now lives in Oregon, as reported by the Tennessean, pleaded guilty to felony stalking and was sentenced to 30 months in prison. Ms Andrews first filed her lawsuit four years ago and listed Marriott International as a defendant, however in January Tennessee judge Hamilton Gayden said the hotel company was not responsible for security at a local hotel. The parent company of the local hotel, Barrett and Windsor Capital Group, is also being sued. The trial is reported to last about 10 days. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.
By Frank Rosario and Danika Fears. Disgraced former insurance executive Michael David Barrett described how he requested a room next to the TV journalist so he could film peephole video of her at a Nashville hotel — easily getting her hotel room number by using a house phone that showed where she was staying. But when he showed up, a hotel employee told him that the room he had requested was unavailable and they were going to put him in a different area, Barrett testified. While waiting for his room, Barrett said he went to the hotel restaurant, where he found a house phone that displays room numbers and called the operator. Barrett went to the 10th-floor room and saw that a maid was cleaning the one next door, so he requested to stay there. Their rooms were in an alcove, hidden from view by anyone standing in the hallway, Barrett said. After hearing Andrews leave, he removed the peephole from her door and went back to his own room, where he used a hacksaw to cut off the threads attached to it. After taking the video in Nashville, he uploaded it to his computer, then later tried to sell it to TMZ but was unsuccessful, Barrett said. Her lawyers are claiming the hotel was negligent when it allowed Barrett to request a room next to her without asking any questions. Read Next.
By Chris Pleasance For Dailymail. The stalker who posted naked footage of ESPN presenter Erin Andrews online has explained how he managed to make the film. Michael David Barrett, who was jailed for 20 months after admitting making the film, said he got Andrews' room number after calling from the hotel lobby, before requesting to stay next door to her. Once in the room, he described modifying the peephole in her door with a hacksaw before listening for her to get out of the shower, then filming her with his cell phone. Michael David Barrett said he listened for Erin Andrews pictured in court Tuesday to get into the shower. Once the water stopped he went back to the peephole and filmed her naked with his cell phone. Barrett pictured in , a former insurance executive from Chicago, has revealed how he managed to film then-ESPN reporter Erin Andrews naked in her hotel room. During video testimony from , Barrett said he called an operator from a hotel house phone and asked for Andrews' room. The room number appeared on the phone display, allowing him to book the one next door. Barrett revealed that he devised his plan in September after going to Nashville for a business trip, before finding out that Andrews was staying in a hotel nearby.