Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews was awarded $55 million Monday in a lawsuit over a secretly filmed nude video.
Andrews brought a $75 million suit against her stalker, Michael Barrett, and the management company of the Nashville Marriott where the nearly five-minute video was filmed in 2009.
In his closing argument, Andrews’ attorney encouraged the jury to award her damages that took into account the “full amount of harm that’s been done to her.”
During her testimony, Andrews said she has suffered because of the video for the last seven years. She was forced to seek help in dealing with the trauma and now has an elaborate strategy for checking out hotels she stays in. Her parents told the court that she was a “shell” of her former self.
The jury of seven women and five men found both Barrett and Windsor Capital, the hotel management company, responsible.
The suit alleged that Barrett was able to film Andrews while she was nude by manipulating the peephole on her hotel room door.
According to Andrews’ attorneys, Barrett was told by hotel staff which room she was staying in and asked to be put in the room next to hers.
The hotel companies said during the trial that the video was completely Barrett’s fault and that he claimed sole responsibility for obtaining Andrews’ name.