A jury awarded Erin Andrews $55 million on Monday in her lawsuit against a stalker who bought a hotel room next to her and secretly recorded a nude video, finding that the hotel companies and the stalker shared in the blame, the AP reports. After a full day of deliberations, the panel said the stalker was responsible for 51% of the verdict and the two hotel companies should share the rest, which is nearly $27 million. Andrews, a Fox Sports reporter and co-host of the TV show "Dancing with the Stars," wept as jurors announced the verdict. She hugged her attorneys, family, and several jurors after the verdict was read. She appeared to sign an autograph for at least one juror.
The jury heard directly from Andrews, who testified that she was humiliated, shamed, and suffers from depression as a result of the video, which has been viewed by millions of people online. "I feel so embarrassed and I am so ashamed," she said tearfully. She had asked for $75 million. Andrews' parents described for jurors the terror they and their daughter felt after learning of the video but not knowing who took it, where it was shot and if someone was still watching their daughter. An FBI investigation would later reveal that Michael Barrett shot videos in hotels in Nashville and Columbus, Ohio, and posted them online. Andrews has maintained that someone at the hotel gave out her room number to Barrett and honored his request to be placed near her. Had she known that, she said she would've called police. (Read more lawsuit stories.)