Erin Andrews is upset about sentence given man who secretly videotaped her
Erin Andrews isn't happy about the 30-month prison sentence given a Chicago-area businessman who pleaded guilty to charges he secretly shot video of the ESPN reporter and posted it on the Internet.
Andrews, speaking to reporters after the sentence was handed down by an L.A. federal judge on Monday, said she felt Michael David Barrett deserved a harsher sentence and that she continues to be victimized because the videos remain on the Internet.
In court, Andrews told the judge: "He stalked me, he terrorized me -- this will never be over for me, and I don't want it to ever be over for you,'' she said, referring to Barrett.
"You are a sexual predator, a sexual deviant," she told Barrett, saying she lives in a state of fear and needs security at work and home. "They should lock you up and throw away the key."
In December, Barrett, 48, of Westmont, Ill., pleaded guilty to various charges in connection with the case, 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.
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 in the case.
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.
In court Monday, Barrett apologized: "I have no words to adequately tell Miss Andrews how sorry I am for what I've done to her. I hope that one day she will forgive me."
-- Shelby Grad
Photos: (top) Erin Andrews. Credit: Associated Press
(bottom) Michael David Barrett. Credit: KTLA