Erin Andrews settles stalker lawsuit with hotel; terms confidential
Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews has settled her lawsuit against the hotel owner and operator that allowed a stalker to secretly film nude videos of her.
While the terms of the agreement are confidential, West End Hotel Partners and Windsor Capital Group had previously been ruled responsible for $27 million, nearly half of the $55 million awarded to Andrews in March.
“This litigation is over,” Randall Kinnard, Andrews’ lawyer, said in a statement. “Erin Andrews is satisfied with the settlement, the terms of which are confidential.”
News of the settlement was first reported by The Tennessean.
Andrews, who then worked for ESPN, was secretly filmed through a peephole by a stalker while staying at the Nashville Marriott in 2008. She said she had suffered for seven years because of the trauma caused by the video.
In March, a Nashville jury awarded her $55 million and put 51% of the fault on the stalker, Michael Barrett, and 49% on the hotel. But Andrews is unlikely to receive anything close to $28 million from Barrett, who served two-and-a-half years in jail for the video.
For that reason, Kinnard had requested a joint liability ruling that would have made West End Hotel Partners and Windsor Capital Group responsible for the full $55 million. The threat of such a ruling may have been an incentive for the hotel group to settle.
Marc Dedman, the lawyer representing the hotel companies, did not immediately comment.
In her lawsuit, Andrews’ lawyers claimed that Marriott hotel staff had told Barrett which room the sports correspondent was staying in and agreed to his request to be put in an adjacent room. The hotel companies claimed the incident was completely Barrett’s fault and that he claimed sole responsibility for obtaining Andrews’ name.
Per Andrews’ lawsuit, Barrett then manipulated the peephole on her hotel room door so that he could film her while she was nude.