Erin Andrews awarded $55M in civil lawsuit - WSMV News 4

Erin Andrews awarded $55M in civil lawsuit

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Erin Andrews testifies on Tuesday, March 1. (WSMV) Erin Andrews testifies on Tuesday, March 1. (WSMV)

A jury has awarded Fox Sports broadcaster Erin Andrews $55 million in her civil lawsuit against a Nashville hotel.

Deliberations got underway at 9:24 a.m. Monday in Andrews’ lawsuit against the Vanderbilt Marriott. The verdict was announced just before 4:30 p.m.

Andrews wiped away tears as the judge read the verdict.

The jury determined Windsor Capitol, which manages the hotel, was at fault for negligence when Michael Barrett recorded video of Andrews getting dressed in her hotel room, and posted it online.

Barrett, Andrews’ convicted stalker, was found to be 51 percent at fault. The hotel was found to be 49 percent at fault.

Barrett will pay about $28.5 million, while the hotel will pay about $26.75 million.

Andrews was suing the hotel for $75 million.

Monday marked the third week of the trial. Jurors saw everything from tears on the witness stand to hotel executives embroiled in controversy over the peephole video of Andrews, which experts told the court has been viewed tens of millions of times over the past several years.

The jury was comprised of seven women and five men.

Andrews did not speak to reporters as she walked out of court.

Defense attorneys for the hotel said in a press conference Monday afternoon that Barrett was a criminal and they were disappointed in the ruling.

The defendants have 30 days to begin the appeals process, which could take a year. Andrews will not be paid until after an appeal.

Andrews tweeted the following statement at the conclusion of the trial:

I would like to thank the Nashville court, the court personnel and the jury for their service. The support I’ve received from the people of Nashville has been overwhelming. I would also like to thank my family, friends, and legal team. 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.

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