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Erin Andrews is 'under protection' after death threats, lawyer says

April 3, 2010 |  8:00 am

http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2009-10/49641366.jpgErin Andrews, the ESPN reporter who last month was at the center of a Los Angeles court case involving a man who secretly videotaped her, has now been the subject of death threats, her attorney said.

Andrews, who is appearing on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," is now under protection. Her attorney, in a statement released to the media, did not specify the threats but said the FBI has been notified.

"It is unfortunate that there are sick people who prey on the fears and threaten the well-being of others," Marshall Grossman said.

Andrews spoke out last month about what she considered the light sentenced an L.A. federal judge handed down to a Chicago-area businessman who pleaded guilty to charges he secretly shot video of her and posted it on the Internet.

Andrews 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, court records show.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Erin Andrews. Credit: Associated Press