Erin Andrews gives tearful testimony in stalker video case: 'I can never get rid of it'
During emotional court testimony, Erin Andrews broke down in tears on Monday as she detailed how she found out about the nude videos that were secretly taken of her without her knowledge.
"I grabbed my laptop and flipped it open," said Andrews, who learned about the online videos through a phone call. "I saw it for two seconds and I was like, 'Oh my God!' and I shut it down and said, 'I have to call you back,' and I called my parents. I was just screaming that I was naked all over the Internet, and I didn't know what it was."
Andrews testified that she was screaming so much on the phone that her father thought she might have been in a car accident.
"I even got a call from the hotel I was staying at because they wanted to know if everything was OK, because I was screaming so loud," she said through tears.
"I just remember crying, and I remember trying to get all of my stuff," she continued. "I got to the airport and standing in the TSA line and just bawling, and I could not believe this was happening. I remember thinking this was just going to blow up and go viral and get really bad."
Monday marked the first time Andrews took the stand in her $75 million civil trial 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.
Barrett pleaded guilty to altering peepholes and secretly shooting videos of the former ESPN reporter in 2009 and was sentenced to 2-1/2 years in prison.
"It's always there. It's always on my back. I can never get rid of it," Andrews said through tears on Monday.
Previously, Andrews' father, Steven Andrews, was also called to the stand.
"I didn't know if she was safe," Steven said last week as Erin wiped away tears. "I didn't know who was doing this. I didn't know if someone was going to hurt her, or even more. After I saw what was happening, I thought, there's a stalker out there that could easily kill her. I was terrified for her safety."
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.
In its opening, the hotel claimed that it too was a victim of Barrett.
"He deceived, he connived, he stalked -- that's what Mr. Barrett did," lawyer Marc Dedman told jurors.
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