The ordeal of sportscaster Erin Andrews: ‘Oh, my God … I was naked all over the Internet’
Erin Andrews wanted to be “the girl next door who loved sports,” she said.toplivenews.net
“And now I’m the girl with a hotel scandal,” the Fox sportscaster tearfully told a Tennessee courtroom Monday.
The testimony came amid Andrew’s ongoing $75 million lawsuit against the Marriott Hotel in Nashville, where she was secretly filmed while undressing in 2008, when she worked for ESPN. The videos were posted online a year later and widely shared — a trauma that Andrews still hasn’t been able to put behind her.
“This happens every day of my life, either I get a tweet or somebody makes a comment in the paper or somebody sends me a still of the video to my Twitter or someone screams it at me in the stands and I’m right back to this,” Andrews testified, according to the Los Angeles Times. “I feel so embarrassed and I am so ashamed.”
The video incident was the worst offense in a litany of sexist affronts to Andrews during her career as a sideline reporter: endless commentary on her appearance, dismissive remarks by other sports reporters. After the video came out, she said Monday, according to Deadspin, she was pressured to do an interview about the video just to prove that it wasn’t a publicity stunt.
Her story shows how hard it is to be just “a girl who loves sports” on national television.
That’s clear from a taped deposition that was shown in court Monday, in which the man behind the videos — Michael David Barrett, who served 2 1/2 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to interstate stalking — said he chose to target her because she was popular and trending on Yahoo, according to the Associated Press.