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Erin Andrews Struggles Through Tear-Filled First Week in Court for Stalker Lawsuit

by Raphael Chestang 9:32 PM PST, February 26, 2016
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Erin Andrews had another tearful day in court this week after an expert gave an idea of just how much her privacy had been violated by peephole videos taken of her without her knowledge.

Andrews' attorneys hired computer scientist, Bernard "Jim" Jansen to find out how many people have seen the video. His research determined that 16.8 million people have seen the videos between July 2009 and January 2016, The Tennessean reports.

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The 37-year-old sports journalist tearfully exited the courtroom on Thursday before the videos were played for jurors -- one of whom turned away at times during the viewing, according to CBS News.

Thursday marked the fourth day of Andrews' $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.

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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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Among those called to the stand have included Andrews' father, Steven Andrews, who described how he and his daughter were terrified when naked videos of Erin hit the Internet.

"I didn't know if she was safe," Steven said 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."

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