ESPN reporter Erin Andrews scored a huge legal victory Monday (March 7), when a jury awarded her a $55 million settlement over a lawsuit against hotel management company Windsor Capital Group, the owners of the Nashville Marriott and Michael David Barrett — the man who confessed to shooting a nude video of her through a peephole and publishing it online.
The decision came after nearly seven hours of deliberation, Page Six reports. Andrews has initially requested $75 million in damages for the video, with her lawyer Bruce Broillet claiming the hotel was at fault for not alerting her that a man had requested to stay in the room next to hers after they informed him she was at the hotel.
“The case against Marriott has to do with their overwhelming negligence in putting Barrett in a position to be able to do what he did,” Broillet said during closing arguments.
As for how the eventual settlement was reached, Broillet asked that she be paid $1 for each of the 16.8 million views the video has received thus far, plus more for future viewers.