$55m payout to Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews over nude video

A jury has awarded Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews $55m (€50m) in her lawsuit against a stalker who bought a hotel room next to her and secretly recorded a nude video, finding that the hotel companies and the stalker shared in the blame.

$55m payout to Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews over nude video

It found the stalker was responsible for 51% of the verdict and the two hotel companies should share the rest, which is nearly $27 million.

Andrews, who is also co-host of the TV show Dancing with the Stars, wept as jurors announced the verdict.

The jury heard directly from Andrews, who testified that she was humiliated, shamed, and suffers from depression as a result of the 2008 video, which has been viewed by millions of people online. She had asked for $75m.

“I’ve been honoured by all the support from victims around the world. 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.

Last week, Davidson County Circuit Court Judge Hamilton Gayden found Barrett at fault and left it up to jurors to decide if the hotel owner, West End Hotel Partners, and former operator, Windsor Capital Group, should share any responsibility. The hotel is a franchise and Marriott was not part of the trial.

Attorneys for the companies argued that while what happened to Andrews was terrible, the stalker should be solely to blame because he was a determined criminal. The attorneys also suggested that Andrews’ rise in her career showed she did not suffer severe and permanent distress.

After the verdict, they said the case had changed the hotel industry to make rooms more secure.

Andrews said her stalker’s arrest and imprisonment did not make the nightmare go away. She broke down on the stand repeatedly, saying she continues to suffer because people are still watching the videos and taunting her about them.

“This happens every day of my life,” Andrews said tearfully.

“Either I get a tweet or somebody makes a comment in the paper or somebody sends me a still video to my Twitter or someone screams it at me in the stands and I’m right back to this. I feel so embarrassed and I am so ashamed.”

Barrett pleaded guilty to stalking Andrews, altering hotel room peepholes and taking nude videos of her.

He was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. He did not appear at the trial.

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