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Alleged stalker of ESPN's Erin Andrews ordered to appear in L.A. court

October 5, 2009 |  1:00 pm

A man accused of stalking and secretly videotaping ESPN reporter Erin Andrews nude was released on bond today and ordered to appear in a Los Angeles County court.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Michael David Barrett, 48, was ordered by a judge in Chicago to appear in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Oct. 23.

"The complaint charges Barrett with interstate stalking, specifically alleging that he stalked the victim 'with the intent to harass, to place under surveillance with intent to harass and intimidate, and to cause substantial emotional distress to a person in another state,' " according to a statement from the Department of Justice.

Authorities allege that he tried to sell the image to TMZ, the celebrity website. TMZ is based in Los Angeles, which is why Barrett faces charges here.

Barnett was arrested over the weekend at Chicago's O'Hare Airport.

-- Shelby Grad

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