Saturday, October 03, 2009

Chicago Area Man Arrested for Stalking Erin Andrews

Well, it took the FBI a couple of months since we first noted this back in July, but a man has been arrested in Chicago for stalking and surreptitiously filming ESPN reporter Erin Andrews.
Authorities arrested a man accused of secretly taping ESPN sports reporter Erin Andrews in the nude and posting the videos on the Internet, the FBI said Friday.

Authorities arrested 48-year-old Michael David Barrett at Chicago O'Hare International Airport on Friday. Barrett faces a charge of interstate stalking, the FBI said.

Barrett is accused of taping Andrews while she was nude in two hotel rooms. He then made eight videos that he posted on the Internet, the FBI said.

Barrett allegedly filmed seven of the eight videos at a hotel room in Nashville, Tennessee, in September 2008. FBI agents said they found evidence that a peephole to the door of Andrews' hotel room had been altered.

The FBI learned that Barrett checked into the same hotel at that time and asked for a room adjacent to Andrews using his home address to register for the room.

According to a criminal complaint, Barrett tried to sell the videos to celebrity gossip Web site Employees at the Web site also helped in the investigation providing Barrett's information to Andrews' attorney.
More here.
A message left at a phone listing for a Michael D. Barrett in Westmont, Ill., wasn't immediately returned Friday night. An ESPN spokesman contacted early Saturday said he wasn't aware of the arrest and the network would comment later that day.

Andrews has covered hockey, college football, college basketball and Major League Baseball for the network since 2004, often as a sideline reporter during games.

A former dance team member at the University of Florida, Andrews was something of an Internet sensation even before the video's circulation. She has been referred to as "Erin Pageviews" because of the traffic that video clips and photos of her generate, and Playboy magazine named her "sexiest sportscaster" in both 2008 and 2009.

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