February 24 2018
PORTLAND, Oregon - The man convicted of stalking Erin Andrews at a Nashville hotel is now living in Portland in his dad's basement.
54-year-old Michael David Barrett may attempt, somehow, to find $28 million of the $55 million awarded to Andrews by a jury this week. His dad told the website PageSix.com Barrett does not have any money.
"He can't afford $100, let alone $28 million," Francis Barrett said. "If he could, he wouldn't be living in my basement."
Andrews rose to fame at ESPN, where she worked from 2004 through 2012, doing sideline reporting and studio shows.
In 2008, Michael David Barrett, then 46, filmed Andrews in her hotel room through peepholes at the Nashville Marriott adjacent to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Radisson Airport Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On July 16, 2009, one of these videos, in which Andrews appeared totally nude, was posted online and quickly went viral. Barrett was arrested on October 2, 2009, by the FBI for interstate stalking, and pleaded guilty to the charges on December 15, 2009. A second tape of Andrews was discovered on Barrett's computer by authorities in which she is nude in her room at the Radisson Airport Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This tape was never made public. On March 15, 2010, Barrett was sentenced to 30 months in prison, three years of probation, $5,000 in fines, and $7,366 in restitution. He served his sentence at the Seattle Community Corrections and was released on July 3, 2012.
Andrews sued Barrett, Marriott International, Radisson Hotels, and five other entities for negligence and invasion of privacy in connection with the secret videotaping. In her lawsuit against Marriott, Andrews alleged that hotel employees gave Barrett the dates she would be at a hotel and a room next to hers. In 2011, Andrews worked with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar to enact a new federal anti-stalking law. Andrews was still trying to get the video removed from the Internet in July 2011.
In March 2013, Andrews' lawyers filed a motion in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking to quash a subpoena from Marriott "seeking her payroll records, contracts, performance reviews, any disciplinary reports, as well as other employment information from her current employer, Fox." The attorneys said that Marriott is also seeking "physician letters, notes, annual physicals, and other related medical records" and that the request was an attempt to "harass and embarrass" Andrews.
In October 2015, Andrews filed a complaint against the Nashville Marriott and Michael David Barrett for $75 million. Jury selection for the hearing began on February 22, 2016.
On March 7, 2016, the jury awarded Erin Andrews $55 million in her civil lawsuit over the secret recording and release of a video showing her naked during a hotel stay.