Erin Andrews Testifies in $75 Million Trial Against Nashville Marriott
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Fox Sports reporter and television personality Erin Andrews took the stand Monday to testify in her $75 million civil trial against the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University and her stalker, Michael David Barrett.
An emotional Andrews told the court that the moments after she first learned that someone had posted a video of her nude online felt like "an out of body experience," according to CNN.
Andrews — who is accusing the hotel, Windsor Capital Group and Barrett of negligence, infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy — said that no one from the hotel ever reached out to her regarding Barrett's requests to be put in the room next to her.
"I am so angry. This could have been stopped," Andrews told the court.
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The 37-year-old sportscaster and her mother Paula, who also took the stand to testify, described how Andrews' life has changed since the nude video recordings were posted to the Internet in 2009.
Andrews said she now suffers from depression and sleeplessness on occasion, while her mother described "a loss of security, safety and a violation of her most personal aspect of life."
"I wanted to be the girl next door who loved sports, and now I'm the girl with a hotel scandal," said Andrews. "...It's on the internet now. It's going to be on the Interent until I die."
The trial is now in its second week but nearing a conclusion.
The incident involving Barrett at the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University occurred in September 2008 when he filmed her undressing through a peephole from the room next door. In 2011, Andrews filed a lawsuit against Marriott International. Most recently in October 2015, she filed an amended complaint seeking $75 million in damages.
After a judge ruled Marriott International isn't liable, the case moved forward against the individual hotel and Barrett.
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