Erin Andrews' civil lawsuit goes to the jury after final arguments
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/04/2016
Erin Andrews' $75 million civil case will be in the jury's hands after attorneys complete their final arguments Friday.
One day after the defense rested, attorneys for the 37-year-old Dancing with the Stars co-host as well as those for the owners and managers of the Nashville Marriott made their closing remarks Friday, after which the case goes to the jury, Peoplereported.
Alleging negligence and invasion of privacy, Andrews sued Michael Barrett, the convicted stalker who filmed nude videos of her in hotel rooms; West End Partners, who own the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University where she was staying to cover a football game for ESPN when the videos were filmed; and the Windsor Capital Group, who manage the hotel.
Andrews accused hotel employees of disclosing her room number to Barrett, who in turn booked the room next door and gouged a peephole into her door in 2008. Barrett was already sentenced back in 2010 to two-and-a-half years in prison for stalking and sharing the videos online.
Andrews testified earlier this week that she struggles with daily panic attacks due to the intrusive videos in addition to depression and anxiety. The sports reporter said thoughts of people watching the videos haunt her and she even developed trust issues in her romantic relationship with pro hockey player Jarret Stoll.
An estimated 16.8 million people worldwide viewed the peephole videos or still photos taken from them between July 2009 and January 2016, according to The Tennessean.
An "ashamed" and insecure Andrews told the jury, "The Nashville Marriott could have just called me and said, 'We're putting this man that requested to be next to you: Is this okay?' And I could have called the cops, and we could have caught him and could have stopped this. I'm so angry. This could have been stopped."
Defense attorneys argued, however, that the Peeping Tom incident was a freak occurrence the hotel couldn't have controlled or prevented, placing the blame solely on Barrett.
Both sides of the case reportedly called hotel experts to testify whether the Marriott should be held at least partly responsible for what happened to Andrews. The defense's witness predictably said the hotel should be liable, while the prosecution's witness insisted the Marriott should not be held accountable, according to People.
Defense attorneys also pointed out Andrews' career in broadcasting is thriving so the unfortunate event couldn't have devastated or paralyzed her as much as she claims.