In September 2008, ESPN sportscaster Erin An-
drews checked into the Nashville Marriott to work
the sidelines of the Vanderbilt University football
game across the street. It seemed like a routine
assignment. It led to an unending nightmare.
Michael Barrett, a middle-aged man who was
stalking Andrews, took several videos of her
naked through the peephole door to her room,
which he’d altered. After unsuccessfully trying
to sell the video to gossip news site TMZ, Barrett
posted it online, where it went viral. He was arrested by the FBI and sentenced to 30 months
In addition, Andrews filed a $75 million civil
lawsuit against not only Barrett but the Nashville Marriott, its management company, Windsor Capital Group, and owner West End Hotel
Partners, for negligence and invasion of privacy.
At issue was how Barrett got so close to her.
“She didn’t have to stand up,” says Scott
Carr of Santa Monica-based Greene Broillet &
Wheeler, who represented Andrews with Bruce
Broillet and Nashville counsel Randall Kinnard.
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“There was no reason for her to put herself in
that vulnerable position, to stand up there in
front of the world and bare her soul. She did it
because she didn’t want to see this happen to
“This issue resonated with everybody and we
saw it all across the country,” says Broillet. He
adds that Andrews, who has worked with U.S.
Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota on anti-
She cries. She’s full of anxiety.” During his
stalking laws and inspired advocacy on Change.
org, “had a phenomenal resolve.”
During the trial, Carr and Broillet recounted
how Andrews had wanted to be a sportscaster
since the age of 7. They highlighted her
encyclopedic sports knowledge, asking, “Who
knows the most about sports in this room?”
On the stand, her father said the incident had
changed her: “She’s terrified. She’s depressed.
testimony, Andrews broke down, and again
when she herself testified.
Marriott’s defense team claimed the lawsuit
was good for Andrews’ career—an argument
“She didn’t have to stand up,” says Scott Carr. “She did it because she
didn’t want to see this happen to anyone else.” REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
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