Erin Andrews was awarded $55 million by a jury over a video secretly recorded her in nude in a hotel room by a stalker and the anchor of TV show "Dancing with the Stars" wept recalling the horror she underwent since 2008.
Andrews was a Fox reporter and co-host of the TV show when a stalker by name Michael David Barrett shot video in 2008 at the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt and posted them online. The case has changed the way hotel rooms be in terms of safety for women.
"I’ve been honored 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," Erin said in a statement posted on her Twitter account.
Though her stalker Barrett is imprisoned, it did not maker Erin feel safe nor did the nightmare go away, and she repeatedly broke down during the proceedings. She said she continues to suffer because people are still watching the videos and taunting her.
"This happens every day of my life," Andrews said. "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."
So, the sensational case has not only changed the hotel room booking rules and keeping them safe for women occupants but also has sent out warning to many women around the world to be careful while chekcing into hotel rooms.
Barrett pleaded guilty in the case and his bid was to sell the 4-minute video to TMZ website but it declined and he said he posted them in anger over the Internet. He was sentenced to 2½ years in prison and was asked to pay 51% of the verdict amount of $55 million.[tags, erin andrews, nude law, crime, lawsuit, nude video impact,video, verdict, compensation, dancing with the stars,]