'Dancing With the Stars' contestant Erin Andrews getting death threats
By Christopher Rocchio, 04/05/2010
Erin Andrews has more pressing matters on her mind than claiming the mirror ball trophy.
The ESPN reporter andDancing with the Stars tenth-season celebrity participant has received at least a dozen threatening emails since September, her attorney Marshall Grossman told The Associated Press in a Saturday report.
While the emails were initially sexual, Grossman said the most recent ones "threatened Erin with murder" and included details about location and method. In addition, Grossman told The AP that the emails mention Michael David Barrett -- who was sentenced last month to more than two years in federal prison after he was convicted of secretly shooting nude videos of Andrews.
"He refers to Barrett in his e-mail in a way to make clear to us that situation had some influence," Grossman told The AP, adding that the sender appeared to have no ties to Barrett.
The emails were first provided to Andrews' representatives on Thursday, according to The AP, which added the FBI has been notified and knows the man's identity.
Despite the threats, Andrews said she still plans on performing during Monday night's live episode with professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
"I'm glad I'm here. I have a dance on Monday and I don't want to let Maks down, I don't want to let my family down, and I don't want to let myself down. I'm not going to stop living my life," she toldPeople in a Saturday report.
"I don't quit on things. It's not an option for me."
In addition, Grossman told The AP that ABC has increased security around Dancing with the Stars' production and private security has been hired for Andrews and her family.