Jury awards $55M to Erin Andrews in lawsuit over nude video taken at hotel, posted online

(Source: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Jury awards $55M to Erin Andrews in lawsuit over nude video taken at hotel, posted online.
Details (all times local):

4:35 p.m.

A jury has awarded Erin Andrews $55 million in her lawsuit over a secretly recorded nude video that a stalker took of her in a hotel room and posted online.

The jury came back with its decision Monday after about a day of deliberations.

Andrews works for Fox Sports and co-hosts TV’s “Dancing with the Stars.” She maintained that the stalker and two hotel companies were to blame for the video. She tearfully testified that she was publicly humiliated, shamed and suffers from depression as a result of the videos, which have been viewed by millions of people.

Attorneys for the owner and former operator of the Marriott at Vanderbilt argued that while what happened to Andrews was terrible, the convicted stalker, Michael David Barrett, should be solely to blame for the video shot in 2008.

Previous coverage: Erin Andrews Peeping Tom case 

4:20 p.m.

Jurors have reached a verdict in Erin Andrews’ $75 million lawsuit against a stalker who took nude videos of her at a hotel and posted them online.

The verdict is expected to be announced soon.

The key questions jurors were deliberating were whether two hotel companies bear any responsibility, and if so, how much they should pay.

The started their discussions Monday morning.

Andrews works for Fox Sports and co-hosts TV’s “Dancing with the Stars.” She has maintained that the stalker and two hotel companies were to blame. She tearfully testified that she was publicly humiliated, shamed and suffers from depression as a result of the videos, which have been viewed by millions of people.

Attorneys for the owner and former operator of the Marriott at Vanderbilt argued that while what happened to Andrews was terrible, the convicted stalker, Michael David Barrett, should be solely to blame for the video shot in 2008.

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10:45 a.m.

Jurors have started deliberations about whether two hotel companies should be held partially responsible for a stalker taking nude videos of sportscaster Erin Andrews and posting them online.

The jury began deliberations Monday. The sportscaster and co-host of the TV show “Dancing with the Stars” sued the stalker and the owner and former operator of the Nashville Marriott for $75 million. The hotel is a franchise.

The stalker, Michael David Barrett, admitted to altering hotel room peepholes in Nashville and Columbus, Ohio, and taking nude videos of Andrews and posting them online. He was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison.

On Friday, a judge found Barrett at fault. The former insurance executive never showed up for trial.

Jurors are now deciding if the hotel companies should share in some of the blame.

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5 a.m.

Jurors could soon decide whether two hotel companies should be held partially responsible for a stalker taking nude videos of sportscaster Erin Andrews and posting them online.

The jury is scheduled to begin deliberating in Andrews’ civil case Monday. The sportscaster and co-host of the TV show “Dancing with the Stars” sued the stalker and the owner and former operator of the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt for $75 million. The hotel is a franchise.

Michael David Barrett pleaded guilty to stalking Andrews in three cities, altering hotel room peepholes in Nashville and Columbus, Ohio, and taking nude videos of her and posting them online. He spent 20 months.

Barrett was a Chicago-area insurance company executive when he took the videos of Andrews at the Nashville hotel in September 2008.

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