Fox Sports personality Erin Andrews is seeking $75 million in damages from the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University, alleging that the hotel was negligent in allowing a man named Michael David Barrett to reserve the room next to hers, rig her room’s peephole with a camera and record video of Andrews changing clothes. The civil trial begins Monday in a Nashville courtroom.
Andrews, then working for ESPN, was in Nashville for a Vanderbilt football game in 2008 when the videos were recorded and then posted on the Internet. Barrett, who also is named in the lawsuit, pleaded guilty to felony stalking in 2009 and was sentenced to 30 months in prison. According to the Tennessean, he now lives in Oregon.
Andrews filed her lawsuit more than four years ago. She originally listed Marriott International as a defendant, but a Tennessee judge dismissed her claim against the hotel company in January, saying it was not responsible for security at a local hotel.
The lawsuit also alleges infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy on the part of the hotel, Barrett and Windsor Capital Group, the hotel’s parent company. The Tennessean says the trial will last about 10 days.