Erin Andrews Overview
Erin Jill Andrews, known as Erin Andrews, was an American journalist, anchor, and television personality. After finishing her education, she began her career as a freelance reporter for Fox Sports Florida. Later, she was designated as a sideline reporter for ESPN College Football Saturday Primetime as well as at Big Ten college basketball games. She became the host of College GameDay on ESPNU in 2010, a post she would hold until her eventual departure from the network to join Fox Sports in 2012. At her new network, she took on several roles, including that of a host of Fox College Football and a contributor on Fox NFL Sunday. Since 2014, she has been serving as the co-anchor of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and at Fox Sports, she was a sideline reporter on lead NFL Broadcasting crew.
Erin Andrews was born in Lewiston, Maine, but when she was five years old, her family relocated to San Antonio, and 18 months later to Valrico, Florida after her father landed a job as an investigative reporter for NBC affiliate WFLA-TV. She grew up watching NBA games with her father and became an ardent fan of the Boston Celtics in the process. Talking about her relationship, Erin Andrews began dating professional hockey player Jarret Stoll in December 2012. Four years later, the couple were engaged and on June 24, 2017, they married in an intimate sunset ceremony in Montana. Having previously lived in Atlanta, Georgia, she now resides in Los Angeles, California. Shockingly, in September 2016, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer, undergoing a surgery on October 11. Two weeks later, she was back at work. On November 17, her doctor informed her that the margins were clear and neither radiation or chemotherapy would be needed.
Peephole On-Camera Tragedy
In 2008, Erin Andrews was secretly filmed through a peephole at the Nashville Marriott near Vanderbilt University by Michael David Barrett, a former Chicago-area insurance executive. One of those videos, in which she was seen completely nude in her hotel room, was released online on July 16, 2009. It quickly went viral, leading to Barrett’s arrest by the FBI on October 2. He pleaded guilty to the interstate stalking charges on December 15.In October 2015, Andrews filed a civil lawsuit against Barrett and Nashville Marriott for $75 million. The trial began in late February 2016, and ended on March 7, with the jury awarding her $55 million in damages. She was also suing the Nashville Marriott’s owner and manager. Her lawyers are claiming the hotel was negligent when it allowed Barrett to request a room next to her without asking any questions.
The Stalker Technique
Erin Andrews stalker revealed in taped testimony just how easy it was to get close to the sportscaster and eventually film her naked. Disgraced former insurance executive Michael David Barrett described how he requested a room next to the TV journalist so he could film a peephole video of her at a Nashville hotel and easily get her hotel room number by using a house phone that showed where she was staying. After confirming that Erin Andrews had booked a room at the Nashville Marriott, Barrett requested one right next to the former ESPN reporter. 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. Barrett went to the 10th-floor room and saw that a maid was cleaning the one next door, so he requested to stay there. After getting his room, he removed the peephole from Erin Andrews’ door and went back to his own room, where he used a hacksaw to cut off the threads attached to it.
The Footage Going Viral
In his December 2013 deposition played during her $75 million civil trial, Michael David Barrett called his actions a pretty ill-conceived plan, but everything actually went off without a hitch until he tried to sell the footage. Barrett recalled how he had watched Andrews at least a dozen times on TV and came up with the idea to sell a nude video of her after seeing that she was trending on Yahoo. 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. At the time, Barrett was in a financial bind, and said that it was a mistake in judgment that he regretted deeply.