Considered to be one of the hottest and certainly one of the most talked about female sports reporters in the industry today, Erin Andrews has also been the subject of several controversies whether externally inflicted or self-created. The target of a peeping tom in 2008 who filmed her through a door’s peephole while she was naked in her hotel room, Erin has bounced back to being one of the top reporters, female or male at Fox Sports.
WHAT IS ERIN ANDREWS’ HISTORY?
Erin Jill Andrews was born in Lewiston, Maine on May 4, 1978 but moved as a child to Tampa, Florida when her father, Steven Andrews, a six-time Emmy Award–winning TV journalist got a job as an investigative reporter for WFLA-TV. Her mother, Paula Andrews was a teacher and her younger sister Kendra Andrews is a professional actress and dancer. In Florida, Erin went to Bloomingdale High School in Valrico, Florida and was a member of the National Honor Society, student government and dance team. For college, Erin attended the University of Florida, where she was a member of the Florida Gators Dazzlers dance team from 1997 to 2000 and the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. Erin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Telecommunications in 2000. She currently dates professional hockey player for the Los Angeles Kings, Jarret Stoll.
Erin with Jarret Stoll:
WHAT ARE ERIN ANDREWS’ CREDENTIALS AS A SPORTS REPORTER?
After graduating from college, Erin got a job as a freelance reporter for Fox Sports Florida and was a reporter for the Sunshine Network covering the Tampa Bay Lightning professional hockey team. She then went to Atlanta and served as a studio host and reporter for the Turner South network from 2002 to 2004 and covered the Atlanta Hawks, Braves and Thrashers. Erin joined ESPN as a reporter for ESPN National Hockey Night in May 2004 and was a sideline reporter for ESPN College Football Saturday Primetime and Big Ten college basketball game. Her duties expanded to covering the College World Series, Little League World Series and the Great Outdoor Games. In 2005, Erin started doing sideline reporting for and Major League Baseball and ESPN College Football Thursday Primetime. She also was the host for the first hour of ESPN's College GameDay on ESPNU.
Erin left ESPN in June 2012 and joined Fox Sports as the first host of Fox College Football's studio show. Erin is also a field reporter for major sporting events when they’re aired on Fox such as the Daytona 500, the NFL Playoffs, the MLB All-Star Game and the World Series and is also is a contributor on Fox NFL Sunday. When pay TV channel Fox Sports 1 launched on August 17, 2013, Erin became the host of Fox College Football Kickoff and Fox College Saturday which previews the weekend's biggest college football games and she also contributes to Fox Football Daily.
WHAT IS THE ERIN ANDREWS PEEPING TOM INCIDENT ALL ABOUT?
In 2008, while Erin was staying at the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and the Radisson Airport Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 46 years old Michael David Barrett, an insurance company employee from Westmont, Illinois, filmed her while she was nude in her hotel room through the peepholes on the hotel doors. After failing to sell the video footage to TMZ, the celebrity gossip site in January 2009, on July 16, 2009, Barrett posted the video footage online that he shot from the Nashville Marriott and it instantly went viral. He was arrested for interstate stalking on October 2, 2009 by the FBI. Authorities found a second tape of a nude Erin in her room at the Radisson Airport Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but the tape was never made public.
Barrett came under suspicion when TMZ employees provided information about him to the authorities. Prosecutors stated in court papers that Barrett stalked Erin at three hotels while she was on assignment for ESPN and posted as many as 10 videos of Erin online titling the clips “Naked Hot Blonde Ironing,” “Erin go WOW!!” “Erin Andrews in a Pink Thong,” and “Erin Andrews Spectacular Butt.” Barrett kept an inventory list of the videos he shot and most were shot with a cell phone camera through a door peephole that was altered with a hacksaw at the Nashville hotel.
Michael David Barrett
On December 15, 2009, Barrett pleaded guilty to the charges and on March 15, 2010, he was sentenced to 30 months in prison, three years of probation, $5,000 in fines and $7,366 in restitution. According to Erin’s attorney, Barrett also signed over his rights to the videos to her. With the ownership of the videos legally transferred to Erin, she could pursue federal copyright lawsuits against anyone broadcasting or distributing the videos.
Sites like www.erinandrewsnudetape.com have been shut down and Erin’s efforts to prevent any other videos from being posted are constantly ongoing. Barrett was released on July 3, 2012 after serving his sentence at the Seattle Community Corrections facility. He is now serving a three-year probation term and is banned from having any contact with Erin or any of her family and friends.
Meanwhile, in a lawsuit filed in 2010 in Davidson County, Tennessee, Erin is suing Marriott International, Radisson Hotels and Barrett for negligence, infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy in connection with the secret videotaping. Erin is seeking $6 million from the Marriott and $4 million from Barrett. In the lawsuit, Erin alleges that hotel employees at the Marriott near Vanderbilt University told Barrett the dates she would be at the hotel and gave him a room next to hers. Erin also holds Marriott responsible for failing to discover Barrett altered the peephole of the door to Erin’s room. In 2010, Erin worked with Minnesota U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar to advocate for a tougher federal anti-stalking law. The bill is called "Simplifying the Ambiguous Law, Keeping Everyone Reliably Safe" or "STALKERS." Erin said, "The public needs to learn about stalking. I had no idea just how serious this crime was until it affected my life.” She added, “That video on the internet will be there for the rest of my life."
WHAT IS THE STATUS OF ERIN ANDREWS’ LAWSUIT?
Lawyers for the Marriott filed a subpoena seeking Erin’s “payroll records, contracts, performance reviews, any disciplinary reports, as well as other employment information from her current employer, Fox” as well as "physician letters, notes, annual physicals, and other related medical records." In March 2013, Erin’s lawyers responded by trying to quash the subpoena saying it was just an attempt to "harass and embarrass" their client. However, a Tennessee judge ruled that since Erin is claiming that she has “suffered and continues to suffer from severe and permanent emotional distress” as a result of Barrett’s videos which were filmed at Marriott hotels, the Marriott argued that the Erin’s medical records are “highly relevant to the issues of alleged injuries and damages” especially since Erin seeks recovery of “past and future medical expenses.”
In December 2013, Barrett was deposed via Skype to settle the issue whether he can be forced to testify in the case against the Marriott or whether he can invoke his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself. The decision and lawsuit is ongoing.