SPORTSCASTER AND TV host Erin Andrews testified Tuesday that her career has thrived since a stalker took nude videos of her and posted them on the Internet, but she doesn't think she'll ever get over the emotional fallout.
Andrews has been on the witness stand in Nashville, Tenn., for two days, often giving tearful testimony about the fear and suffering she has gone through as a result of the stalking and the videos.
She has filed a $75 million lawsuit against her stalker and the owner and operator of the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt. The hotel is a franchise.
Jurors will have to determine whether the companies share some of the blame after stalker Michael David Barrett altered a peephole in her hotel room in September 2008 to shoot the secret video footage. They also will have to determine how much Andrews suffered emotionally as a result.
A defense attorney for the companies told Andrews that they both agreed she was a victim of a crime. But during cross-examination, attorney Marc Dedman asked her about her career success since she discovered in July 2009 that someone put the secretly shot videos of her online.
Andrews acknowledged that she has moved on to Fox Sports, making more money than she did at ESPN and is now hosting the show "Dancing With the Stars."
Andrews said she has thrown herself into her career just to feel normal but remains anxious and depressed. She said she remains on guard every time she stays in a hotel during her extensive business travels. She said she is taunted daily about the videos, which are still online. She also testified that she fears that she will have children who will one day come home and say that other kids have seen the nude images.
Barrett was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison after he admitted to stalking Andrews in three cities, altering hotel room peepholes and shooting nude videos of her in Nashville and Columbus, Ohio.
Colleges* FIU women's basketball coach Marlin Chinn has been suspended after one of his players, Destini Feagin, a Philadelphia native, told the Miami Herald that he pursued her sexually and gave her a $600 loan. The university said an internal investigation is ongoing.
* Minnesota coach Richard Pitino suspended guards Kevin Dorsey, Nate Mason and Dupree McBrayer for the remainder of the season, stemming from a sexually explicit video that appeared on Dorsey's social media accounts.
* University at Buffalo defensive end Solomon Jackson died a week after experiencing a medical emergency during a team conditioning session, the university said.