Erin Andrews Benefited from Leaked Video, Says Marriott's Defense Attorney

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 1, 2016

Sportscaster and television host Erin Andrews walks back to her seat after giving testimony Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Andrews has filed a $75 million lawsuit against the franchise owner and manager of a luxury hotel and a man who admitted to making secret nude recordings of her in 2008. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool)
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Fox Sports broadcaster Erin Andrews is locked in a $75 million lawsuit against a Nashville Marriott, among others, after she was videotaped in 2008 through a peephole at the hotel.  

According to legal analyst Exavier Pope, a defense attorney representing Marriott contended during the trial Tuesday that Andrews benefited financially from the release of the video. Pope questioned whether the strategy might backfire:

Exavier Pope @exavierpope

No surprise Erin Andrews is crying right now. Defense takes a pause. Not a smart move by defense.

CNN's New Day shared a brief summary of Andrews' claims in the suit, in addition to some of her testimony from Monday:

New Day @NewDay

Sportscaster @ErinAndrews breaks down during stalker trial https://t.co/N383Okr2mq https://t.co/qOzo21Ma38

On Monday, Andrews testified that management at ESPN, her employer at the time the video was released, compelled her to talk about the situation in a nationally televised forum before she could return to work, per Deadspin's Kevin Draper:

Because there wasn’t an arrest, because we didn’t know where this happened, my bosses at ESPN told me, "before you go back on air for college football we need you to give a sit-down interview." And that was the only way I was going to be allowed back. ...

... They were highly recommending it be GMA [Good Morning America], because ESPN and ABC are the same, and they wanted it on GMA. But like my dad had said the other day, I didn’t want it to be a two second thing where it's like, "Was this a scandal, or, was it not?" No, this is my life, and I feel terrible about myself, and we want to figure out how this happened. So, I didn't want to do it, I didn't want to be a part of it, and I just said, you know what, "I know because she's very public about it, Oprah [Winfrey] is a crime victim." I talked to her producers, I told her I didn't want to do it. But this was the only way I was going to be put back on air, so we went to the Oprah show.

Andrews eventually agreed to do an interview with Winfrey in September 2009:

West End Hotel Partners, Windsor Capital Group and Michael David Barrett are listed as the other co-defendants in Andrews' suit, per Sports Illustrated's Michael McCann.

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In March 2010, Barrett was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of interstate stalking.

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