By Jason Theodorou
Erin Andrews, a reporter for news organisation ESPN, has sued Marriot International Inc and several associated hotels after she was secretly videotaped in the nude through hotel room peepholes. Chicago resident Michael David Barrett made the tapes at seven hotels in which she stayed, leading Andrews to sue the hotels for negligence and invasion of privacy.
Andrews, a recent contestant on the US version of 'Dancing With The Stars', has sued both the hotels and Barrett for 'severe and permanent emotional distress'. Barrett rented hotel rooms next to Andrews, customising peepholes and shooting videos in Columbus, Ohio and Nashville, Tennessee. Barrett pleaded guilty in December to interstate stalking, and was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
Andrews alleges that the hotels gave Barrett information on where she was staying and even exact room numbers, when he requested the information. The hotels also allowed Barrett to check in to neighbouring rooms.
The complaint listed a series of hotels including Marriot International Inc, West End Hotel Partners LLC, and Perferred Hotel Group Inc.
Andrews said in a statement: 'Although I'll never be able to fully erase the impact that this invasion of privacy has had upon me and my family, I do hope that my experience will cause the hospitality industry to be more vigilant in protecting its guests from the time they reserve a hotel room until they check out'.
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