Erin Andrews' stalking lawsuit goes to court: Why she's suing for $75 million

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Erin Andrews seemed to struggle to fight back tears in court on Tuesday. The 37-year-old sportscaster sat in the front row during opening arguments in her $75 million lawsuit against West End Hotel Partners and her convicted stalker, Michael David Barrett.

The lawsuit stems from an incident nearly eight years ago in which Andrews was secretly videotaped naked inside of her hotel room at the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University.

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Barrett pleaded guilty to altering peepholes and secretly shooting videos of the former ESPN reporter in 2009 and was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison.

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Erin Andrews' stalking lawsuit goes to court: Why she's suing for $75 million
DANCING WITH THE STARS - Hosted by Erin Andrews (sports host & 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 10 finalist), Dancing with the Stars returns for its 19th season on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on ABC. (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)
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GOOD MORNING AMERICA - 'Dancing with the Stars' - This season's dynamic lineup of stars -- including two Olympic Gold Medalists, a game show host, a swimming legend and a teen pop star - will perform for the first time on live national television with their professional partners during the two-hour season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars,' MONDAY, MARCH 17 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Todd Wawrychuk/ABC via Getty Images) TOM BERGERON, ERIN ANDREWS
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1806' - Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke were the next couple eliminated on 'Dancing with the Stars,' MONDAY, APRIL 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) TOM BERGERON, ERIN ANDREWS, DREW CAREY, CHERYL BURKE
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1803' - 'Good Morning America' anchor Robin Roberts was a guest judge for the first time alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba on 'Dancing with the Stars,' MONDAY, MARCH 31 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET). The remaining 10 celebrities commemorated 'The Most Memorable Year Of Their Life.' Each couple danced to a song of the celebrities choosing that encompassed a memorable time or experience in their life. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) TOM BERGERON, ERIN ANDREWS, BILLY DEE WILLIAMS, EMMA SLATER
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 1: Erin Andrews arrives at the 'Dancing With The Stars' - 200th Episode Party at Boulevard 3 on November 1, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
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DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 10010' - In the final performance show on MONDAY, MAY 24 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), the couples competed against one another with two dances. The first number, the redemption dance, represents the style that the judges felt the couples most underperformed, giving each the opportunity to show their improvement by performing a new routine to new music. The judges have selected the following dance styles: The Samba for Erin and Maks, the Viennese Waltz for Evan and Anna, and the Rumba for Nicole and Derek. The three contenders also performed the highly anticipated and fan favorite 'no rules' Freestyle dance. (Photo by Adam Larkey/ABC via Getty Images) ERIN ANDREWS, MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY
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***EXCLUSIVE*** DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1007' - This week on 'Dancing with the Stars,' the competition got twice as tough as the six remaining couples performed two dances. Each couple performed a dance they've not yet done in the competition, including the Quickstep, The Viennese Waltz, the Waltz or the Argentine Tango. They then teamed up with their competitors in the Cha Cha Challenge, when Team GaGa's Pam & Damian, Cheryl & Chad and Nicole & Derek, dancing to Lady GaGa's 'Telephone,' go toe-to-toe with Team Madonna's Evan & Anna, Niecy & Louis and Erin and Maks, performing to Madonna's 'Holiday,' in a 90-minute show, MONDAY, MAY 3 (8:00-9:32 p.m., ET) on ABC. (Photo by Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) ERIN ANDREWS
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In the lawsuit, jurors will have to determine whether West End Hotel Partners, the franchise owner of the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt, was negligent with regard to keeping Andrews reasonably safe.

The hotel's defense strategy seems to be predicated on demonstrating that it wasn't foreseeable and that there was nothing they could do to protect Andrews from this violation of privacy. In its opening, the hotel claimed that it too was a victim of Barrett.

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"He deceived, he connived, he stalked -- that's what Mr. Barrett did," lawyer Marc Dedman told jurors.

As the case continues, Andrews' attorneys are expected to call witnesses who could testify about the emotional distress Andrews may have suffered as a result of the release of the peephole videos that were eventually posted online. Those potential witnesses include some of her former ESPN colleagues, her agent, and dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who partnered with her on Dancing With the Stars.

Since the peeping Tom scandal, Andrews has left her job at ESPN. In 2010, she did her stint as a DWTS contestant, finishing third. She took up her current position on the show as co-host in 2014. The same year, she replaced Pam Oliver as the NFL sidelines reporter for Fox.

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