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Erin Andrews Testifies That ESPN Made Her Publicly Talk About Stalker Before Returning On-Air

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Erin Andrews was made even more of a household name after the infamous 2009 peeping tom video surfaced.

The then-college football sideline reporter was seen naked all over the internet, and it sent shockwaves through the sports world. Andrews' employer at the time, ESPN, reportedly required her to discuss it in a nationally televised interview before she could return to work. She suggested they believed it was a publicity stunt set in motion by Andrews herself. During her testimony in Nashville, she broke down in tears discussing the matter.

"No one knew it was a stalker," Andrews said. "No one knew the Marriott had put him next to me. Everybody thought it was just a publicity stunt." 

The "him" Andrews was referring to is Michael David Barrett, the man who filmed the four-minute video and was sentenced to 30 months in jail. She is now seeking $75 million in damages from him and the hotel. Andrews claimed the hotel never let her know that the man had specifically requested to stay in the room next to hers which would've been a red flag.

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Having to explain the situation to her parents was bad enough but because there was no immediate arrest, ESPN made it know they needed her to publicly say she wasn't behind this before resuming her college football gig.

"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," Andrews said.

It's troubling testimony and not a good look for the worldwide leader. They attempted to remain neutral about the situation and didn't have enough faith in Andrews to publicly stand behind her. Andrews' bosses suggested she go on Good Morning America since ESPN and ABC are one in the same. She eventually declined and ended up on The Oprah Winfrey Show where she felt most comfortable. 

"I didn't want it to be a two-second thing," Andrews said. "This is my life and I feel terrible about myself... I just want to go back to college football. I don't want to talk about what happened to me. Why can't I just be normal?"

Andrews is currently a college football host for Fox Sports.

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