Erin Andrews Cries in Court as Her Father Takes the Stand in Stalker Lawsuit: 'She's Depressed'
By Antoinette Bueno
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It was an emotional day in court for Erin Andrews.
The 37-year-old sportscaster cried and was visibly emotional when her father, Steven Andrews, took the stand on Wednesday during the civil trial for her $75 million lawsuit against West End Hotel Partners and her convicted stalker, Michael David Barrett. Steven described how he and his daughter were terrified when naked videos of Andrews taken without her knowledge or consent hit the Internet.
"I didn't know if she was safe," Steven said. "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."
"It was the first time in my life, as her father, where I didn't know if she was safe or not," he continued, fighting back his own tears. "I feared for her life."
Andrews wiped away tears in court as her father described her demeanor after the incident.
"She was sick, she was a mess," Steven said. "She didn't want to change her clothes because she thought someone might be watching her."
Steven also described how the Dancing With the Stars co-host's personality has changed, and said that she's depressed.
"Erin used to enjoy being around crowds," Steven said. "[Now] she's afraid. She's afraid of crowds, afraid of people. She doesn't trust anymore. She was so outgoing, so friendly, so engaging -- anybody could walk up to her and get a picture with her ... Now, she is so frightened of being approached. She's a shell of the person she was before this happened."
"Before we found out about this, she was just so much fun, always joking, always wanting to have a good time with her family," he continued. "Now, it's all changed. She's afraid. My daughter has been scared for eight years. She has been terrified that there's something else out there, that something is going to come around the corner ... She is not the fun person she was. She's mad, she's scared, she's terrified. She's depressed, she cries, she's full of anxiety. She's a very, very changed person. She's not the girl that we used to know at all."
Andrews' lawsuit stems from a 2008 incident in which she 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, and was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison.
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.