A jury has awarded Erin Andrews $55 million as a result of her lawsuit against a Nashville Marriott and a man who took and posted a video of her.
But their argument in court that Andrews profited from the nude videos put the hotel groups in a bad light. “Their outreach has helped me to be able to stand up and hold accountable those whose job it is to protect everyone’s safety, security and privacy”.
Michael David Barrett, the guilty, captured a four and a half minute nude video of the journo through a peephole that he doctored at the Nashville hotel. Andrews’ took the stand as well during the two-week trial, becoming emotional when she told the courtroom about how people initially thought the video was a publicity stunt and she had gotten naked for more fans and attention.
It was then up to a jury to decide if the hotel owner, West End Hotel Partners, and former operator, Windsor Capital Group, should share in the blame.
Andrews testified that her career has enabled her to cope with the aftermath of the video’s release.
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According to Andrews’ testimony, Barrett requested to be near Andrews’ hotel room and hotel staff honored that request.
Neither Andrews nor her lawyers spoke to reporters after the verdict was announced.
Defense attorneys for the hotel said in a press conference Monday afternoon that Barrett was a criminal and they were disappointed in the ruling.
On Friday, Davidson County Circuit Court Judge Hamilton Gayden found Barrett at fault.
As soon as she gets to a hotel – regardless of the city – she changes her room from the one she was originally booked in, Andrews told the jurors.
Her attorney said the 17 million views the video has already seen are worth at least USD$1 each.
Andrews’ attorney, Bruce Broillet, argued the hotel accommodated Barrett’s requests to make it easier for him to stalk the sportscaster. “The Nashville Marriott could’ve just called me”.
She said she thoroughly checks the bed, the clock, the air conditioning grate and especially the bathroom for hidden cameras and looks for the telltale red lights of possible hidden recorders.
When the celebrity gossip site refused the offer, Barrett posted the video online.