Fox sideline reporter and Dancing with the Stars host Erin Andrews wants Marriott International and others to pay $75 million in a lawsuit stemming from a 2008 incident in which she was secretly taped, nude, through a hotel room’s peephole.
Andrews, 37, accused the hotel chain and Michael David Barrett of negligence and invasion of privacy in the suit, originally filed in 2011, after Barrett allegedly videotaped her and distributed the explicit footage online, ABC reported.
Andrews’s attorney, Randall Kinnard, declined to comment on the matter.
Barrett eventually pleaded guilty to interstate stalking and was sentenced to two and a half years in prison in 2010, but the ordeal didn’t end with his imprisonment.
Andrews was ordered to specify the amount of damages after defense lawyers sought a judicial order for her to do so, Fox News reports. She filed the amended claim on Tuesday, seeking the $75 million, plus costs and interest “and any other costs this Court deems fair,” according to court documents obtained by The Smoking Gun.
Police said in 2009 that Barrett made up to eight separate videos and posted them online, officials said Barrett even tried to sell the footage to TMZ, but instead of posting the clips, an employee notified Andrews’s attorney, according to ABC.
He allegedly gouged out the peepholes and recorded Andrews on his cellphone. The footage went viral.
Andrews holds that the hotel chain is ultimately to blame because its employees told Barrett she was staying at the hotel, gave him her room number and even booked him into the room next door to hers, according to Fox News.
A trial date has been set for February and is expected to last 10 days.
by Char Adams