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Erin Andrews tells of taunts, crude comments at stadiums after videotape incident

http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2009-10/49641366.jpgESPN reporter Erin Andrews, speaking in an L.A. courtroom this afternoon, blasted the Illinois man who shot video of her and posted it on the Internet.

Michael David Barrett, 48, of Westmont, Ill., pleaded guilty to various charged today, including having the intent to "harass or to cause substantial emotional distress" to Andrews. He admitted that he used the Internet to try to distribute his videos.

 “He stalked me in a calculated way,” Andrews told the court. “I’ve been humiliated. I’ve been embarrassed and my career has been ripped apart.”

Barrett was accused of shooting videos of Andrews through peepholes in hotel rooms in three states,  posting the videos on the Internet and trying to sell them to celebrity website TMZ.com, court records show.

In February 2008, Barrett stayed in the room next to Andrews in Columbus, Ohio, where he used a peephole to secretly shoot video of her naked in her room, according to the plea agreement. 

Barrett also spied on Andrews at a Nashville hotel in September 2008 and shot video of her while she was unclothed, the plea agreement states.

Seven of the eight videos posted on an Internet site apparently were taken in the Nashville hotel room, according to federal authorities.

According to City News Service, which was inside the courtroom, Andrews said she felt "personally threatened as long as he remains free."

 “I am subject to crude comments," she added. "I walk into stadiums, and fans make crude comments to me. I have nightmares about this sexual predator.”

--Shelby Grad

 
Comments () | Archives (6)

What kind of morons make these comments to her? I don't get that. Anyone who does should have this happen to them and have the video posted all over the Web. Grow up.

This man is a sick prtedator and he will get what is coming to him when he goes to prison

A simple calloused criminal. No class and beyond. Believe me ladies,
most men would find this guy a despicable, low life scumbag. Please
give this jerk jail time.Let 'em stand stark naked in a shower with
some strangers. Maybe for a few minutes, he'd taste his absence
of dignity with some towering, hairy dude ogling his privates.

Kudos to Miss Andrews for going to that court room to see her accuser squirm like the sick animal that he is. Nothing puts this into perspective better than to have this brave young woman stand there and read the riot act into the public record. It is now not about him, but about her courage to face the person who did this to her.

That is frightening. What a douchebag. What is going on in his brain? How does someone even have that kind of time? Gross.

while this a bad, enough already!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Women get raped every day with no press, so why does this need so much attention? A Playboy deal is probably next, other-wise we have heard enough


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