“On one hand she’s living the dream – her dream,” said Broillet, referring to Andrews’s successful career as a sportscaster for Fox Sports. “And on the other hand she’s living a nightmare. It’s both. And they’re side by side for the rest of her life.”
Andrews, sportscaster for Fox Sports who used to work for ESPN, had sued the franchise owner of the Nashville Marriott, West End Partners; the Windsor Capital Group that manages the hotel; and Michael David Barrett, the man who who pleaded guilty to stalking and served jail time.
Andrews has alleged that hotel employees confirmed to Barrett where Andrews was staying and allowed him to book a room next to her. Andrews’s attorneys have argued that this enabled Barrett to gouge a peephole in her door to secretly recorded a nude video that later went viral.
“Right from the beginning they gave out information that they shouldn’t have and multiple hotel witnesses in this case admitted that was a violation,” Broillet said. He added that the hotel should have “cut off the snake at the head” by not telling Barrett that she was staying there.
Earlier in the trial, Andrews testified: “The Nashville Marriott could have just called me and said, ‘We’re putting this man that requested to be next to you [next door]: Is this okay?’ And I could have called the cops, and we could have caught him and could have stopped this.”
By bringing the suit, Broillet said, Andrews “made a decision that she would stand up.”
He added, “She’s standing up for the right standards to be followed and used that were not followed and used on September 4, 2008, when her information was provided to a stranger.”
Erin Andrews (foreground)
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Andrews Interviewed for Dancing with the Stars Day She Found Out About Video
Broillet said that Andrews interviewed to be a contestant on Dancing with the Stars the day she found out the video went viral.
Earlier in the trial, a psychologist, Dr. Kim Brown of Vanderbilt University, testified that Andrews had mild post-straumatic stress disorder.
In his closing statement, Broillet said, “This is a PTSD problem for which there is no ‘post.’ It’s every day. She knows people are looking at her on the internet every day. She gets tweets and social media and emails and cat calls at the stadium all the time.”
He added, “She is in a state of humiliation and she is completely alone on this. No matter how much support we try and give her, in the end, at the end of the day, she’s stuck in this all alone.”
He asked the jury to award $1 million for every person who has seen the video or will in the future: Earlier in the trial, a forensics expert testified that 16.8 million people had seen the video or still photos of it.
Earlier in the trial, Andrews said of the video, “It’s on the internet now. And I’ve been told it’s going to be on the internet until I die.”