Erin Andrews Testifies in Lawsuit Against Stalker

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Erin Andrews Testifies in Lawsuit Against Stalker
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Fox Sports broadcaster Erin Andrews took the stand Monday to provide testimony in her $75 million stalker lawsuit.

Chris Spargo reported on Andrews' emotional testimony for the Daily Mail. Per Spargo, Andrews said it "ripped her apart" when people asserted viral nude video of her was part of a premeditated plot.

Andrews said that in the aftermath that ESPN, her employer at the time, told her she had to clarify she didn't intentionally release the videos since no one had been arrested. She eventually did a sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey to share her side of the story.

Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated provided a statement from ESPN on Tuesday: "Developments in the case have been interpreted by some to mean that ESPN was unsupportive of Erin in the aftermath of her ordeal. Nothing could be further from the truth. We have been and continue to be supportive of Erin."

On Tuesday, Marriott's defense "asserted [Andrews] made more money in her career" because the video went viral, per Exavier Pope, who noted Andrews broke down crying in the courtroom and the defense team took a pause at that point.

The videos were shot by Michael David Barrett, who followed Andrews around and stayed in rooms next to her at multiple hotels. Barrett was arrested in October 2009 for interstate stalking and sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison.

"I was excited. Things were great," Andrews said about her rise through the ranks at ESPN before the videos were released. Once the videos spread over the Internet, she went to Mexico for a vacation with her family to avoid the spotlight.

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"I just remember that the media attention was getting worse and worse and worse," she said, per Spargo. "The video was out. My name was attached to the video."

Andrews testified she had to watch the video with the FBI, which wanted to ensure she wasn't involved, and it caused her to throw up.

On Thursday, a jury watched four-and-a-half minutes of video, which Barrett shot at the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University in September 2008, per the Associated Press (via the New York Daily News). The AP also cited an expert who testified at least 16.8 million people have seen the video clips.

Andrews is suing Barrett and the owner and operator of the Marriott at Vanderbilt. She alleges the hotel told Barrett which room she was staying in.

"No one ever called me," Andrews said, per Spargo. "They could have stopped this, and I'm so angry, I'm so mad."

On Monday, Andrews also testified that people tweet images from the videos to her on a daily basis.

In addition to testifying about the psychological harm the stalking case has caused her, Andrews said that since the videos were released, she has occasionally broken out in a rash, which had never happened to her before.

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