ESPN sideline princess turned battered media personality Erin Andrews made a U.S. District Court appearance in Los Angeles during the trial of Michael Barrett, 48, who allegedly recorded video footage of Andrews in three different cities in 2008, which he then uploaded to the internet. Andrews spoke to the judge about the distress that Barrett’s actions have caused her.
“My career has been ripped apart, which I’ve worked very hard for,” she told Judge Manuel Real.
“I am subjected to crude comments and suggestions that I have partnered in a crime,” she continued. “I walk into stadiums, and fans say obscene things to me.”
Barrett avoided eye contact with Andrews and pleaded guilty to one felony count of stalking. –NY Daily News
Barrett made a plea deal with the prosecution that will suggest that he serve two years in jail , but Andrews wants him to serve the maximum of five years…and then some.
“I have nightmares,” she told the court.
“I walk in crowds and I see him in my peripheral vision. When I’m alone in my house, I have fears that he’s going to walk inside and hurt me.
“I don’t know him. I’ve never met him. I don’t know why he chose me. But I hope he never sees the light of day again.”
What Barrett did what reprehensible, but I don’t think Andrews’ gratuitous attempts at drama really help her cause. Either way, Barrett will probably need more than a peephole camera an a laptop to get through the next 24 months. But if anyone that’s in the cell next to Barrett has access to that sort of equipment, your efforts could probably go a long way toward putting Erin’s mind at ease.