Why Erin Andrews Might Only See a Fraction of Her $55 Million Verdict

by Raphael Chestang 5:39 PM PST, March 08, 2016
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A $55 million verdict might sound like a lot -- until you break down what percentage will go towards Erin Andrews' taxes and attorney fees.

"This isn't just a big verdict," ABC News' chief legal affairs anchor Dan Abrams told ET. "This is an enormous verdict."

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While a jury determined on Monday that the sportscaster is due $55 million from West End Hotel Partners and convicted stalker Michael David Barrett, there are several barriers that will stand in the way of Andrews and her multi-million-dollar payday.

"More than half of that is attributed to the guy who did this who's got no money, so you've got over 26 million left that's attributed to the hotel," Abrams said. "Take away the possibility it gets reduced, attorneys' fees, taxes and Erin Andrews is taking home a fraction of that total verdict."

In the civil lawsuit, Andrews sought $75 million over an incident eight years ago in which Andrews was secretly videotaped naked inside her hotel room. Following the verdict, Andrews was tearful as she hugged her attorneys and parents.

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"I would like to thank the Nashville court, the court personnel and the jury for their service," Andrews wrote in a statement posted to her Twitter and Instagram. "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."

Andrews will return to co-host Dancing With the Stars on March 21 and while she wasn't present for the new cast announcement on Tuesday, she was at the forefront of everyone's minds.

"That was a difficult time for her to go through," said dancing pro Tony Dovolani. "My hat is off to the jury for awarding her that because the amount of damage probably couldn't even be matched by that."