A jury awarded former ESPN-broadcaster Erin Andrews $55 million on Monday in a lawsuit against the Nashville hotel where a stalker was able to record a nude video of her through a peephole in an adjoining room. Andrews had sought $75 million in damages. During the trial, she gave tearful testimony about the impact the video had on her life after it surfaced online in 2009. Andrews told jurors she had suffered serious mental injury, including depression, crying spells and sleeping problems. After the two-week trial concluded on Friday, the jury began deliberating on Monday morning and reached the decision to award her $55 million, to be paid by the hotel and the stalker, Michael David Barrett. Andrews responded to the ruling on her Twitter account, writing, “I’ve been honored by all 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.” The defense had unsuccessfully argued that there was no way the hotel could have prevented the incident and the responsibility was solely Barrett’s. Defense attorney Marc Dedman told reporters he was “disappointed” with the outcome and would consult with his clients on whether to appeal the verdict.
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