Sportscaster Erin Andrews has been awarded US$ 55 million (AU$74 million) by a jury on Monday in a civil lawsuit over a nude video recording at a Nashville Hotel. The jury asked the hotel and the person who took the video to pay the amount in compensation to Andrews.
The original lawsuit demanded US$75 million (AU$101 million) from the owner of the Nashville, Tennessee hotel and Michael David Barrett, the man who secretly recorded the video through her room’s peephole using a hacksaw to tamper with it in 2008.
According to jurors, Barrett was found to be 51 percent at fault and an amount more than US$28 million (AU$38 million) was deemed fit for him to pay. The West End Hotel Partners, the owner and operator of the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University, was 49 percent responsible for the incident, for which it has been asked to pay US$26 million (35 million), the ABC News reported.
“I would like to thank the Nashville court, the court personnel and the jury for their service,” Andrews said in a formal statement released on Twitter. “The support I’ve received from the people of Nashville has been overwhelming. I would also like to thank my family, friends, and legal team.”
She added, “I’ve been honoured by all of the support from victims around the world. Their outreach has helped me be able to stand up and hold accountable those whose job it is to protect everyone’s safety, security, and privacy,”
Following the conclusion of the two-week trial, the jurors began the deliberations on Monday.
“We’re disappointed with the outcome,” the Reuters quoted defence attorney Marc Dedman as telling the reporters. He added that he would consult with his clients, the West End Hotel Partners, on whether they would like to appeal.
Andrews testified during the two-day trial that after the video was leaked in 2009 and seen by millions of people, she went into a phase of depression, crying spells and sleeplessness. Barrett was sentenced to 30 months in prison for the offence.