ESPN's Erin Andrews files suit in Nashville

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 1:05pm
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Erin Andrews (Drew Shealy photo)

ESPN sports reporter Erin Andrews filed suit in Nashville on Friday against the owners and operators of the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University, also naming as a defendant the man now in jail for secretly filming her naked in her room at the hotel and posting the footage online.

The lawsuit, filed in Davidson County Circuit Court and available at this link, appears very similar to a complaint filed Thursday in Chicago's Cook County Circuit Court. In both cases, Andrews accuses hotels where she stayed in 2008 of negligently allowing Michael David Barrett of Westmont, Ill. to book rooms next to hers, rig peepholes so he could see into her rooms, and film videos of her dressing and undressing that he later tried to sell to celebrity website TMZ.com.

Andrews, who was recently a cast member of the television show "Dancing With The Stars" and is the subject of a photo spread in the August 2010 issue of Vanity Fair magazine, says in the lawsuits that Barrett first taped her in February 2008 at a Columbus, Ohio hotel. He did it again in July 2008 at a Milwaukee hotel, and once more on September 2, 2008 at the Vanderbilt Marriott, according to the filings.

Andrews was in Nashville then to take part in ESPN's coverage of Vanderbilt's football home opener against 24th-ranked South Carolina. The Commodores won 24-17 as they proceeded toward their first winning season and bowl game in decades.

Barrett, who had been an insurance company executive, pleaded guilty last year to interstate stalking and is serving a 30-month sentence in federal prison.

When news of Barrett's activities broke last year, many observers were incredulous that the hotels would have told him which rooms she would be staying in, booked him in adjoining rooms and not detected that he had altered the peepholes in the doors so that he could see inside. The lawsuits fault the hostelries for negligence, with the Nashville complaint seeking $2 million from co-owners Marriott International Inc., West End Hotel Partners LLC and Windsor Capital Group LLC.

The hotel owners declined comment on the litigation last week. Nashville attorney Mary A. Parker, of the Parker & Crofford firm, is local counsel on the new complaint, along with lawyers from a Santa Monica, Calif. firm.

10 Comments on this post:

By: TharonChandler on 7/20/10 at 2:37

What can you do when some fascist pigs have taken public resources and put their own name all over it; ruining any possible enjoyment for the 'untermencshen' they have ruined as a matter of their arrogance? The Kirby Family of Memphis, Tennessee have been on the fascist front of Racism and legal elitism in the public colleges and therefore the city schools of West TN; yeilding the clossus of unuseable human void space known as Memphis. Now the good city of Duluth MN has gone and named a major portion of their state college here what else but the 'Kirby' Plaza? I have been lucky in many places to gain sophisticated people helping me to survive persecution but the Kirby name cannot be a part of it. People are arrogant to name important public resources after a private family name. The should call it Duluth Plaze, Superior plaza, city college; anything but a one small arrogant family name.

By: Writeman on 7/20/10 at 2:51

I don't see what TharonChandler's post has to do with the Erin Andrews story. The poster would make better use of his time and opinions by posting his comment in a more appropriate forum.

By: house_of_pain on 7/21/10 at 4:51

That's normal for him, Writeman.
I hope the suit filed by Andrews is of the birthday variety...

By: dargent7 on 7/21/10 at 6:59

Andrews is a media who*re. She's now more famous than ever before. She should pay the Marriott $2 million.
They'll settle, like all corps. to get rid of negative publicity.
They caught the guy, he's in prison, end of story.
But, I must say, she's got a nice pair of hooters.

By: producer2 on 7/21/10 at 3:49

not cool....if you have wives or girlfriends do they know you act like this? Hope it doesn't happen to one of them or your daughter one day, you might not be so quick to act like a juvenile.

By: richgoose on 7/22/10 at 8:23

She looks a lot better against a backdrop of ugly coaches and sweaty football players than she does naked.

By: Magnum on 7/22/10 at 12:08

My favorite line in the article is:

"The Commodores won 24-17 as they proceeded toward their first winning season and bowl game in decades."

What does the result of the game have to do with the topic of the article again?

By: Loretta Bridge on 7/23/10 at 8:36

You would not think this issue was so funny if it were you wife, sister or daughter whose
privacy was invaded. It is also a safety issue. If the hotel gave this person such information about where she was staying she could have been raped. I do not think it
is funny to demean this situation with such disrespectful comments as Magnum made.
All and all the Commodores were not worth the nation coverage she was in Nashville to
give.

By: dargent7 on 7/23/10 at 12:27

Ms. Bridge: She was filmed behind a locked door. Hardly venerable to "rape".
Her "privacy" was invaded? Look at her. She thrives on cameras, film, and news.

By: producer2 on 7/23/10 at 1:53

d7,
Stupid comment and you know it....