Erin Andrews won a huge $55 million settlement -- but she will probably never see most of it

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Erin Andrews Won't Receive Full $55 Mil Settlement

On Monday, Erin Andrews won a huge $55 million lawsuit over a nude video that was taken of her in a hotel by a stalker in 2008.

A Tennessee jury found that Michael David Barrett, the man who filmed the video and pleaded guilty to stalking her in 2009, was 51 percent responsible for the emotional distress on Andrews, and that Nashville Marriott, the hotel, was 49 percent responsible

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They were ordered to pay $28 million and $27 million, respectively, totaling a $55 million settlement for Andrews. Barrett was responsible for the criminal act, and the hotel was responsible for sharing Andrews' information and allowing Barrett to get a room next to hers.

However, according to reports on Tuesday, Andrews may not see most of that $55 million.

First, Barrett is unlikely to be able to pay the $28 million for which he's responsible. After legal fees, he may have have to file for bankruptcy. CNN reports that Andrews could attach a percentage to his future earnings, but that it may not be worth it for Andrews to continue to seek money from him.

It's more complicated on the hotel end. The hotel is likely to file for an appeal. In an appeal, judges could decide to lower the payment. According to CNN, in cases like this, the two sides may negotiate a settlement before the appellate court rules.

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As CNBC notes, an appeal could go two ways. They could increase the payment and make the hotel solely responsible, in which case the Nashville Marriott may not be able to pay the full $55 million and thus go to bankruptcy court. Or they could lessen the payment, arguing that the hotel couldn't have known that they would have been fooled by Barrett (to get Andrews' hotel room information) and know that he would film her.

Thus, a settlement between the two sides could be likely and could lessen what Andrews gets. Additionally, CNN says that Andrews lawyers likely took the case on "contingency," so they will receive part of the settlement. Andrews also has to pay her legal fees.

CNN says the settlement and what Andrews receives will likely still be a multi-million dollar deal, but the payout may not be close to $55 million, and could end up being far less than half of the amount awarded.

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Erin Andrews won a huge $55 million settlement -- but she will probably never see most of it
Sportscaster and television host Erin Andrews walks to the courtroom with attorneys Bruce Broillet, left, and Scott Carr, center, Monday, March 7, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Andrews' $75 million lawsuit against the franchise owner and manager of a luxury hotel and a man who admitted to making secret nude recordings of her in 2008 is to be turned over to the jury Monday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Sportscaster and television host Erin Andrews, center, stands with attorney Scott Carr, left, as the jury enters the courtroom Monday, March 7, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Andrews' $75 million lawsuit against the franchise owner and manager of a luxury hotel and a man who admitted to making secret nude recordings of her in 2008 was turned over to the jury Monday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool)
Sportscaster and television host Erin Andrews leaves the courtroom with attorney Scott Carr, right, after the verdict was read in her lawsuit Monday, March 7, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. A jury has awarded Andrews $55 million in her lawsuit against a stalker who bought a hotel room next to her and secretly recorded a nude video, finding that the hotel companies and the stalker shared in the blame. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 04: Attorney Bruce Broilett delivers closing remarks on Friday, March 4, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Andrews has filed a $75 million lawsuit against the franchise owner and manager of a luxury hotel and a man who admitted to making secret nude recordings of her in 2008. (Photo by Mark Humphrey-Pool/Getty Images)
Judge Hamilton Gayden speaks to the jury in the trial involving sportscaster and television host Erin Andrews Friday, March 4, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Andrews' $75 million lawsuit against the franchise owner and manager of a luxury hotel and a man who admitted to making secret nude recordings of her in 2008 is scheduled to go to the jury Friday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool)
Sportscaster and television host Erin Andrews, center, sits with attorneys Scott Carr, left, and Randy Kinnard, right, in the courtroom before closing arguments Friday, March 4, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Andrews has filed a $75 million lawsuit against the franchise owner and manager of a luxury hotel and a man who admitted to making secret nude recordings of her in 2008. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool)
Bruce Broillet, attorney for sportscaster and television host Erin Andrews, delivers his closing argument Friday, March 4, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Andrews has filed a $75 million lawsuit against the franchise owner and manager of a luxury hotel and a man who admitted to making secret nude recordings of her in 2008. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool)
Sportscaster and television host Erin Andrews, center, walks to the courtroom Friday, March 4, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Andrews' $75 million lawsuit against the franchise owner and manager of a luxury hotel and a man who admitted to making secret nude recordings of her in 2008 is scheduled to go to the jury Friday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Sportscaster and television host Erin Andrews, center, leaves the courtroom during a recess Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Andrews has filed a $75 million lawsuit against the franchise owner and manager of a luxury hotel and a man who admitted to making secret nude recordings of her in 2008. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool)
Jacqueline Dement testifies at the trial involving sportscaster and television host Erin Andrews Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Andrews has filed a $75 million lawsuit against the franchise owner and manager of a luxury hotel and a man who admitted to making secret nude recordings of her in 2008. Dement worked as a front desk agent at the hotel. At left is Judge Hamilton Gayden. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 2: Sportscaster and TV personality Erin Andrews, left, leaves the courtroom on March 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 2: Sportscaster and TV personality Erin Andrews, right, heads back to the courtroom after a short recess on March 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 2: Defense attorney Neal Piskind, right, leaves the courtroom on March 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 2: (L-R) Steve Andrews and Paula Andrews, parents of sportscaster and TV personality Erin Andrews, leave the courtroom on March 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 2: Stephen Barth, right, a professor at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston, testifies during the trial involving sportscaster and television host Erin Andrews on March 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. Erin Andrews is suing her stalker and the owner and operator of the Marriott at Vanderbilt for $75 million after a nude video was taken of her while at the hotel chain. (Photo by Mark Humphrey-Pool/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 2: Sportscaster Erin Andrews, (R) and her attorneys arrive at the courthouse on March 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
Stephen Barth, a professor at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston, testifies during the trial involving sportscaster and television host Erin Andrews Wednesday, March 2, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Andrews has filed a $75 million lawsuit against the franchise owner and manager of a luxury hotel and a man who admitted to making secret nude recordings of her in 2008. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool)
Defense attorney Britt Phillips, left, questions a witness as he shows a photograph of sportscaster and television host Erin Andrews Wednesday, March 2, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Seated are Andrews' attorneys Bruce Broillet, center, and Randy Kinnard, right. Andrews has filed a $75 million lawsuit against the franchise owner and manager of a luxury hotel and a man who admitted to making secret nude recordings of her in 2008. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 2: Sportscaster and TV personality Erin Andrews, left, leaves the courtroom on March 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 2: Sportscaster and TV personality Erin Andrews enters the courtroom on March 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 29: Sportscaster and TV personality Erin Andrews, left, leaves the courtroom on March 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
Sportscaster and television host Erin Andrews testifies Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Andrews has filed a $75 million lawsuit against the franchise owner and manager of a luxury hotel and a man who admitted to making secret nude recordings of her in 2008. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool)
NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 29: Sportscaster Erin Andrews walks toward the courtroom on March 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. Andrews is suing her stalker and the owner and operator of the Marriott at Vanderbilt for $75 million after a nude video was taken of her while at the hotel chain (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 01: Sportscaster Erin Andrews, right, enters the courtroom on March 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. Andrews is suing her stalker and the owner and operator of the Marriott at Vanderbilt for $75 million after a nude video was taken of her while at the hotel chain. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images) (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 01: Paula Andrews (C) and Steve Andrews (R), parents of sportscaster Erin Andrews, head back to the courtroom after a short recess on March 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. Andrews is suing her stalker and the owner and operator of the Marriott at Vanderbilt for $75 million after a nude video was taken of her while at the hotel chain. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 29: Sportscaster Erin Andrews, center, enters the courtroom on February 29, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. Andrews is taking legal action against the operator of the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University, where she was staying while covering a football game for ESPN, for invasion of privacy in a USD 75 million dollar suit after another guest at the hotel took video of her through her hotel room door peep hole. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 29: (L-R) Paula and Steve Andrews, parents of Erin Andrews, enter the courtroom just before Paula's testimony on February 29, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. Andrews is taking legal action against the operator of the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University, where she was staying while covering a football game for ESPN, for invasion of privacy in a USD 75 million dollar suit after another guest at the hotel took video of her through her hotel room door peep hole. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 29: Sportscaster Erin Andrews enters the courtroom on February 29, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. Andrews is taking legal action against the operator of the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University, where she was staying while covering a football game for ESPN, for invasion of privacy in a USD 75 million dollar suit after another guest at the hotel took video of her through her hotel room door peep hole. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
Sportscaster and television host Erin Andrews testifies Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Andrews has filed a $75 million lawsuit against the franchise owner and manager of a luxury hotel and a man who admitted to making secret nude recordings of her in 2008. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool)
Steven and Paula Andrews, the parents of sportscaster and television host Erin Andrews, listen as Erin Andrews testifies Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Erin Andrews has filed a $75 million lawsuit against the franchise owner and manager of a luxury hotel and a man who admitted to making secret nude recordings of her in 2008. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool)
NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 29: Sportscaster Erin Andrews leaves the courtroom on February 29, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. Andrews is taking legal action against the operator of the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University, where she was staying while covering a football game for ESPN, for invasion of privacy in a USD 75 million dollar suit after another guest at the hotel took video of her through her hotel room door peep hole. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
Sportscaster and television host Erin Andrews testifies Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Andrews has filed a $75 million lawsuit against the franchise owner and manager of a luxury hotel and a man who admitted to making secret nude recordings of her in 2008. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool)
Sportscaster and television host Erin Andrews, right, stands with attorney Scott Carr as the jury enters the room during her civil trial Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Andrews has filed a $75 million lawsuit against the franchise owner and manager of a luxury hotel and a man who admitted to making secret nude recordings of her in 2008. (Alan Poizner/The New York Post, Pool via AP)
Sportscaster and television host Erin Andrews, center, stands with attorney Scott Carr, left, as the jury leaves the courtroom Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Andrews has filed a $75 million lawsuit against the franchise owner and manager of a luxury hotel and a man who admitted to making secret nude recordings of her in 2008. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool)
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