Erin Andrews’ extremely emotional case against Michael David Barrett reached a verdict on Monday, March 7 — two weeks after it began.
Reporter turning DWTS correspondent, Erin Andrews, 37, has been awarded $55 million from the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University after Michael David Barrett secretly recorded her undressing in her hotel room after tampering with her peep hole with a hacksaw in 2008. The video was leaked in 2009, and he was sentenced to 30 months in prison. However, the case continued — until now.
Erin originally sued the owner and operator of the Marriott for $75 million, claiming that the hotel allowed him request a room next to hers. “The case against Marriott has to do with their overwhelming negligence in putting Barrett in a position to be able to do what he did,” her lawyer, Bruce Broillet insisted. “What I do know is it should be quite significant, and her hard work and success should not diminish what you reward to her.” After the win, she took to Twitter to share her “overwhelming” gratitude for the support of friends, fans, victims and the Nashville court who awarded her the $55 million.
The 2009 release of the four and a half minute video was incredibly heartbreaking for Erin, and it showed in court as she broke down in tears many times over the two week trial. On Friday of last week, both sides gave closing arguments and the jurors deliberated until court this morning.
It is perfect time for Erin to get her mind off of this horrible trauma and onto her next job — a co-host on Dancing with the Stars. We’ve learned exclusively that no one will be talking about the case once she returns to set, out of respect for her.
“The cast and crew will be told not to bring up the situation that Erin Andrews is going through in court,” an insider revealed to HollywoodLife.com. “It could be a fireable offense. They are taking her privacy and emotional state seriously and don’t want her to deal with it while at work.”
We definitely are hoping all the best for Erin during this tough time.