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Jurors discuss decision behind $55M award in Erin Andrews' lawsuit

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Jurors listened to two weeks of testimony in Erin Andrews' civil trial. (WSMV) Jurors listened to two weeks of testimony in Erin Andrews' civil trial. (WSMV)

Jurors in the Erin Andrews civil trial discussed how they reached their decision to award the Fox Sports broadcaster $55 million.

Jurors said they believed Andrews suffered eight years of humiliation because of the nude video that was posted online by her stalker.

“It was Erin’s testimony that kind of really struck a note with me,” said Terry Applegate, a juror.

Applegate spent two weeks listening to testimony in the trial.

“I truly believe she was telling the trust,” Applegate said.

Andrews was recorded naked by a stalker who had successfully convinced the Marriott at Vanderbilt to let him have an adjoining room.

Noble Taylor is a Metro police officer and a juror in the trial. He said the testimony that moved him most was Andrews’ father.

“Just the emotion that he gave, the feeling,” Taylor said. “The story that he told about his daughter just made her a normal person. How she is now versus how she was then.”

Jurors watched the four and a half minute peephole video.

“She wasn’t in the room when we watched it, but it was hard to watch,” Taylor said. “It brought up an anger in me. The audacity of him to go by and do what he did, it didn’t stick well and it still doesn’t.”

“I think it impacted all to the extent of how invasive this really was,” Applegate said.

Michael Barrett, Andrews’ convicted stalker, testified by video how he sidestepped Marriott’s security procedures.

“Quite honestly, I’m not sure I believed a whole lot of what he said,” Applegate said.

The defense attorneys for the Marriott’s owners and operators argued that Andrews’ career wasn’t harmed, instead it was thriving, and she would be fine with therapy.

“I didn’t appreciate that tactic at all. It didn’t sit well,” Applegate said.

“This is going to be with her forever,” Taylor said.

Andrews originally sued for $75 million, but the jury agreed on $55 million after a full day of negotiation. The hotel and Barrett will each pay about half.

Jurors said the number was big enough to send a message that hotels need to take security seriously.

“The idea that this will plague her for the rest of her life. I am hopeful that this will be behind her,” Applegate said. “Hopeful that people will forget, eventually.”

A witness testified that the video has been viewed more than 16 million times.

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