Erin Andrews’ stalker charged, releases statement

By Adam Silverstein
November 18, 2009

Michael David Barrett, 47, the Illinois insurance executive accused of filming former Florida Gators dazzler turned ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews nude in her hotel room on numerous occasions, has officially been charged with one count of interstate stalking. In federal charging documents obtained by TMZ, Barrett allegedly followed Andrews around the country over at least a period of nine months, calling numerous hotels in each of her stops to determine where she was staying. Federal agents say Barrett would check into a room next to her, alter the peephole device of her room and secretly shoot video of her before e-mailing it to an account. TMZ received a statement from Barrett’s lawyer on Wednesday, which said:

Mr. Barrett would like to express his deep regret for the circumstances that have caused the issuance of charges against him today. It is his sincere hope that this matter can be resolved as soon as possible.

An interstate stalking conviction carries a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000. Considering Andrews’ celebrity and the fact that Barrett tried to sell these videos, one would not expect the courts to go light on his sentencing.

4 Comments

  1. Mr2Bits says:

    Bless this man for his duty to God and country. Time well worth it

  2. Mr2Bits says:

    Yea why not? Erin puts herself in the spotlight, becomes an internet obsession, and gets a bunch of creepy fans which leads to something like this. Sure I think it’s creepy as hell and an invasion of her privacy but t I haven’t come across guy or girl that hasn’t seen it.
    It would have been much better if a sex tape of her and Jesse Palmer knocking bottoms came out Hilton style then you wouldn’t have that guilty feeling. The end of the day it’s clear from her little ass poppin routine she does in front of the mirror, she knows what she is working with and is going to use it to go straight to the top.
    It’s out, people saw her boobs and she didn’t get paid end of story not the end of the world.

  3. There is no way I can agree with you being happy that someone had their privacy invaded on. Andrews may be beautiful and that is certainly one of the reasons she has been such a success, but she is also a professional and a human being and deserves the rights that everyone else gets. One of those is right to privacy. She was a victim and being happy about that…well…I just can’t agree with you. I respect your opinion though.

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