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Erin Andrews Awarded $55 Million In Lawsuit Over Nude Video

A jury has awarded Erin Andrews (photosErin Andrews photos) $55 million in her civil lawsuit over the secret recording and release of a nude video during a 2008 hotel stay.

The Fox Sports and ESPN reporter had sought $75 million from the owner and operator of the Nashville-based Marriott hotel, where she stayed, and from Michael David Barrett, the stalker who filmed the footage.

However, the jury said the stalker was responsible for 51 percent of the blame and the two hotel companies would share the rest.

Andrews, who testified that she was humiliated and suffers from depression as a result of the video, wept as jurors announced the verdict. She hugged her attorneys and family.

"This happens every day of my life," she said. "I feel so embarrassed and I am so ashamed."

She had testified that she now wonders before a new relationship whether her date or his friends have seen the video. She also obsessively checks hotel rooms for recording devices, always changes from her pre-booked room and covers the peephole.

Michael David Barrett had filmed the videos in hotels in Nashville and Columbus, Ohio, where he asked staff the rooms Andrews was staying in and fitted the peephole with a camera.

Barrett has already pleaded guilty to stalking Andrews and was sentenced to 2 and half years in prison over the act.

Lawyers for the hotels say they are disappointed and not sure if they would appeal. They had argued that the stalker should be solely responsible for the video.

March 8, 2016 |

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