One of the biggest controversies in the sports world right now is the lawsuit former ESPN and current FOX Sports television broadcaster Erin Andrews has brought against a hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. A few years ago, a video of her topless in her hotel room while on business for ESPN surfaced and she has since brought a lawsuit against the hotel for not protecting her privacy.
On Monday, she finally took the stand to talk about the case and it got very emotional very fast. She took the stand in Nashville to give her side of the story in her case against the Marriott, which is worth $75 million.
The man who shot the video through a peephole in the next room, Michael David Barnett, has been sentenced to 30 months in prison. You can see video of her account below, but it is very emotional and uncomfortable to watch.
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Andrews said during her time on the stand that ESPN was forcing her to do a television interview before allowing her to work.
“Because there wasn’t an arrest, because we didn’t know where this happened, my bosses at ESPN told me before you go back on-air for college football, we need you to give a sit-down interview,” she said. “And that was the only way I was going to be allowed back.”
They recommended her to go appear on “Good Morning America,” but she ended up taking a different route, stating she wanted the time to tell her side of the story. She appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to talk about her experience.
“I didn’t want it to be a two-second thing,” Andrews said. “This is my life and I feel terrible about myself, and we want to figure out how this happened.”
She got back to work sideline reporting that same week, but wasn’t with ESPN much longer after the incident. She has been working with FOX Sports since 2012.
This case continues today and likely won’t be cleared up anytime soon.
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