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Erin Andrews files lawsuit against peeping Tom and hotels

July 15, 2010 |  3:42 pm
49641366 Erin Andrews, the ESPN reporter who was secretly videotaped by a peeping Tom while staying in hotels, filed a lawsuit Thursday against against the man and hotels involved in the case.

The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago, alleges negligence, infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy in connection with the incidents, which occurred in several states during 2008.

Michael David Barrett,  a Westmont, Ill. resident, pleaded guilty in December in federal court in Los Angeles to charges that included having the intent to "harass or to cause substantial emotional distress" to Andrews. He also admitted that he used the Internet to try to distribute his videos, and tried to sell them to TMZ. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

The lawsuit names Barrett and several hotels, including Marriott International Inc. and Radisson Hotels International Inc. Andrews is seeking total financial damages in excess of $650,000, according to the lawsuit.

Attorneys for Barrett and the hotels were not immediately available Thursday afternoon for comment.

Barrett spied on Andrews through peepholes in hotel doors as "she was changing and/or getting dressed," according to the lawsuit. The document alleges that the incidents continue to cause Andrews "great emotional distress and embarrassment."

--Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Erin Andrews. Credit: Associated Press.