Erin Andrews: My Boyfriend Would Have Loved Me More Before Peeping Tom Ordeal
Sportscaster Erin Andrews gave more emotional testimony today as her $75 million lawsuit against her stalker and the owner of a Tennessee Marriott rolls on.
Often through tears, Andrews told the courtroom that she remains traumatized after a stalker secretly took nude video of her in a hotel room and posted it on the internet while she was covering Vanderbilt football for ESPN in Nashville.
Andrews even suggested her relationship with hockey player Jarett Stoll has been affected.
"I feel sad, because I think he would have loved the girl more who was there before this happened. And I feel guilty about that," she said.
Now a host on Dancing With the Stars after appearing on the competition show, Andrews said that work is helping her recover from the humiliation.
"I feel like if I can go compete on Dancing With the Stars and make it to the finale and have all these things on my plate, as much as I can do in my life, then people will forget. And hopefully I'll forget," she said.
Andrews said her hard work has made her a role model to some women, but that they sometimes qualify their admiration.
"They say I want to be Erin Andrews except for the Marriott stalker thing," she said.
Andrews broke down in tears on Monday as she testified about finding out she had been filmed while undressing in her hotel room.
She was asked: “Did you know you would be recorded?”
“No,” she replied.
She spoke with pride about starting her career as a TV sportscaster but her mood changed when she testified about her stalker ordeal. Tears ran down her cheeks as she spoke.
"Probably for three months everybody thought it was a publicity stunt," she said. "I was just screaming that I was naked all over the internet and I didn’t know what it was."
Monday was also the first time the public heard from Michael Barrett as a videotaped deposition was played for the jury. He spent 2 1/2 years in federal prison for recording her a hotel room.
Andrews is now suing the Nashville hotel for $75 million, claiming it was negligent in allowing the man to film her nude through a peep hole as she stayed there in 2011.
In the deposition, Barrett said how he found the sports reporter’s room number after she checked into the Marriott hotel at Vanderbilt University in Nashville in 2011.
He was asked: "You went there for the purpose of videotaping Ms. Andrews in a state of undress, correct?"
"That's correct," he said.