Jurors started deliberations Monday in Erin Andrews’ $75 million lawsuit over nude photos a stalker took of her at hotels and posted online, trying to determine whether the companies should be held partially responsible.
Erin Andrews jury split damages between the stalker – who went to jail over this – and the hotel companies – $28 million and $26 million respectively. On Friday, the judge in the case found Barrett at fault.
Marc Dedman, an attorney for the hotel, said that his team and his clients were disappointed in the verdict.
In her often emotional testimony, Andrews detailed how the video has forever changed how she travels.
Barrett asked the hotel to put him in a room next to Andrews’ after an employee confirmed to him that she was staying there on a certain date.
She had filed a lawsuit for $75m (Â£52m) against the man who filmed her, Michael David Barrett, as well as the two companies which owned the hotel where the harassment took place in 2008.
During the trial it was revealed by a forensic computer expert that an estimated 16.8million people had seen the video.
Jurors are now deciding if the hotel companies should share in some of the blame. “I’ve been honored by all the support from victims around the world”, she wrote.
Lawyers for the hotels had insisted that Barrett was entirely to blame for what happened to Andrews as he was a determined criminal, and also suggested that the progress in her career since the incident was proof that her distress was not severe or permanent. “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”, she said in a statement posted on her Twitter account. Had she known that, she said she would’ve called police.
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Andrews said she covers the peephole and won’t stay in a room with an adjoining room.
The suit alleged that Barrett was able to film Andrews while she was nude by manipulating the peephole on her hotel room door.
Andrews who worked for ESPN at the time of the video but now works for Fox Sports, said, “It’s on the Internet now and I’ve been told it’s going to be on the Internet until I die”.
Andrews doesn’t allow anyone to bring her bags to her room, uses a “do not disturb” sign, and doesn’t allow room service to deliver food.