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ESPN Reporter Erin Andrews Files Invasion Of Privacy Lawsuit Against Marriott Hotel

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Dec. 6 2011, Published 7:00 a.m. ET

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By Amber Goodhand - Reporter

ESPN reporter Erin Andrews has filed a new invasion of privacy lawsuit against the Marriott Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. where Michael Barrett videotaped her undressing without her knowledge or permission, has learned.

Andrews filed the lawsuit last week with the Davidson County Circuit Court claiming invasion of privacy, infliction of emotional stress and negligence on the part of the popular hotel chain for the 2008 incident.

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The 33-year-old is seeking $10 million in damages -- $6 million from the hotel, and $4 million from Barrett, who was also named in the new lawsuit.

Barrett, an ex-insurance executive from Westmont, Illinois, admittedly followed Andrews through Tennessee, Ohio and Wisconsin, requesting rooms adjacent to where she was staying and videotaping her through peepholes. He was arrested October 2, 2010 at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

Barrett was convicted and sentenced to two and a half years in federal prison.

The lawsuit states that Barrett spoke with the Marriott to find out which room Andrews would be in so he could rent out the room next to her, and he then altered and/or removed the peephole to her hotel room so he could videotape her undressing — which he then posted online.

"The unknowing and unwelcome filming of (Andrews) while she was changing and the further dissemination of unauthorized, private videos of (Andrews) in the hotel rooms has caused and continues to cause her great emotional distress and embarrassment," the lawsuit states.

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Andrews first filed the lawsuit last year, but withdrew it because she had to file separate lawsuits in each of the states where Barrett illegally recorded her.

"Liability breeds responsibility," Andrews’ attorney said. "The only way you can get a corporation to act responsibly is to hold it liable when it does wrong."


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