In 2015, former Fox Sports reporter, Erin Andrews filed a lawsuit against a Nashville Marriott Hotel, Windsor Capital Group and a man named, Michael David Barrett for $75 million. The Nashville Marriott named in the case allowed Barrett to change his room to a room next to Andrews, where he was able to peep in on her during her most intimate moments. Barrett stalked and videotaped Andrews in the nude on several occasions and posted them on the Internet. He was arrested in 2009, then plead guilty to interstate stalking, he served 2 1/2 years in prison as a result.
Recently, Andrews revealed that ESPN, before being allowed to come back to work for the network, made her give an interview. Here is what Andrews had to say of the agreement:
Because there wasn’t an arrest, because we didn’t know where this happened, my bosses at ESPN told me, ‘before you go back on air for college football we need you to give a sit-down interview.’ And that was the only way I was going to be allowed back.
Since there was no agreement as to which platform, station, or talk show that the interview would be conducted on, Andrews chose to do her interview with Oprah. Her choice of Oprah stems from the media legend’s transparency about being a crime victim. ESPN wanted Andrews to go with Good Morning America because of the network’s corporate ties with ABC.
They were highly recommending it be GMA, because ESPN and ABC are the same, and they wanted it on GMA. But like my dad had said the other day, I didn’t want it to be a two second thing where it’s like, “Was this a scandal, or, was it not?” No, this is my life, and I feel terrible about myself, and we want to figure out how this happened. So, I didn’t want to do it, I didn’t want to be a part of it, and I just said, you know what, “I know because she’s very public about it, Oprah is a crime victim.” I talked to her producers, I told her I didn’t want to do it. But this was the only way I was going to be put back on air, so we went to the Oprah show.