Erin Andrews' Testimony of the Sexual Assault She Has to Relive Every Day Will Give You Chills

March 1st 2016

Taylor Bell

Talking about sexual harassment is one of the most painful things to do. But during a civil trial this week, sportscaster Erin Andrews gave a horrifying testimony of how she was sexually violated by a former stalker, the Associated Press reports.

The Fox Sports host is seeking $75 million in damages after Michael David Barrett published nude photos and videos of the reporter online while she was a guest at Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University in 2008. The videos and images of Andrews were soon scattered across the internet, to the shock of Andrews.

According to ABC, Andrews started screaming so loud when she found out about the images that employees got concerned.

"I even got a call from the hotel I was staying at because they wanted to know if everything was okay because I was screaming so loud," Andrews said on Trial.

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Even though it happened years ago, Andrews said she's forced to relive the incident everyday.

"I feel so ashamed," Andrews said. "This happens every day of my life. Either I get a tweet or someone makes a comment in the paper or somebody sends me a still of the video to my Twitter or someone screams it at me in the stands, and I'm right back to this. I feel so embarrassed and I feel so ashamed."

One of the most difficult things for her to deal with as a result were claims that she had orchestrated the entire thing, according to Andrews.

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"Probably for like three months, everybody thought it was a publicity stunt, " Andrews said. "The front of the New York Post said ESPN scandal."

Andrews blames the hotel for the incident, according to the Associated Press.

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"This could have been stopped," Andrews said. "The Nashville Marriott could have just called me and said, 'We're putting this man who requested to be next to you. Is this OK?' And I would have called the cops and we would have gotten him. We could have stopped this. And I'm so angry. I'm so mad."

Barrett had managed to book a hotel room directly next to Andrews, where he filmed her through a peep hole. Although the hotel maintains that it was not their fault, the sportscaster claims that the hotel "made it easy for him," according to ABC.

Barrett pleaded guilty in 2010 and was sentenced to 30 months in prison, ABC reports.

Although Andrews has managed to recover, the memory of what happened will live on forever.

"It's on the internet now," Andrews said. "And I've been told it's going to be on the internet until I die."

How common is stalking?

According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, 6.6 million people are stalked in one year in the U.S. Moreover, 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men have experienced stalking at some point. And although depression, anxiety and depression are common in those who have not been stalked, the prevalence of these mental health conditions are greater in those who have been a victim of stalking before.