Today a jury awarded Fox sportscaster Erin Andrews $55 million in a lawsuit against the owner of the Nashville Marriott hotel where stalker Michael David Barrett recorded nude videos of her. Barrett subsequently posted the video online which has now been viewed over 17 million times. Andrews was seeking $75 million in damages in the lawsuit.
According to Andrews, she has suffered depression as a result of the video and is humiliated on a daily basis. “This happens every day of my life,” Andrews testified, according to the Associated Press. “Either I get a tweet or somebody makes a comment in the paper or somebody sends me a still video to my Twitter or someone screams it at me in the stands and I’m right back to this. I feel so embarrassed and I am so ashamed.”
Following the verdict, Andrews took to social media to express her thoughts on the verdict.
“I would like to thank the Nashville court, the court personnel and the jury for their service,” Andrews tweeted. “The support I’ve received from the people of Nashville has been overwhelming. I would also like to thank my family, friends, and legal team. I’ve been honored by all the support from victims around the world. Their outreach has helped me be able to stand up and hold accountable those whose job it is to protect everyone’s safety, security and privacy.”