Erin Andrews Has 'Nightmares' About Voyeur

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

By Michael Y. Park

Finally facing the peeping Tom who videotaped her in the nude and then published the videos online, ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews testified that her ordeal still haunts her.

 "I have nightmares," she told the Los Angeles court Tuesday, according to the New York Daily News. "I walk in crowds and I see him in my peripheral vision. When I'm alone in my house, I have fears that he's going to walk inside and hurt me. I don't know him. I've never met him. I don't know why he chose me. But I hope he never sees the light of day again."

 Illinois insurance executive Michael David Barrett, 48, who was arrested in October on charges of interstate stalking, admitted in court that he followed the 31-year-old sideline reporter to hotels in three different cities in 2008, installed tiny video cameras in her hotel-room peepholes, and posted the videos he made online.

 Barrett avoided looking Andrews in the eye, the newspaper noted.

 Under the plea agreement he's made, he's probably looking at two years in prison in return for his guilty plea. But Andrews argued for the full five he could potentially be slapped with at his Feb. 22 sentencing, saying that the incident has left her life in tatters – and herself subject to awful comments from sports fans.

 Andrews has described the situation as nightmarish before, in her one-time interview with Oprah Winfrey. Worst of all has been the lingering fascination with the story, and the implication some made that she was somehow a party to the crime, she said.

 "I just felt like I was continuing to be victimized," she said in the TV interview. "I did nothing wrong."


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