Sportscaster Erin Andrews was awarded $55 million by a jury Monday in her case against a stalker and the owner of a Nashville Marriott, but she probably won’t receive anywhere close to the full amount of what she won. When all the numbers are factored in, the 37-year-old could end up getting just a little more than 10 percent of what she was awarded from the lawsuit.
Michael David Barrett, who was previously convicted and sentenced to two and a half years in jail for secretly filming Andrews naked and posting the video online, was found to be 51 percent at fault. West End Hotel Partners and Windsor Capital, which own and operate the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University, received 49 percent of the blame because the hotel group provided Barrett with a room next to Andrews upon his request.
It’s almost certain Andrews won’t get any of the $28 million owed by Barrett, a former insurance salesman. That leaves the $27 million that the hotel is responsible for providing, and Andrews will only get a fraction of that.
"The stalker cannot pay this money," Fox Business News legal analyst Lis Wiehl said on "Mornings with Maria." Wiehl said the 49 percent from the hotel would come from insurance, and more would be deducted from Andrews’ sum.
"The lawyers are going to take 30-40 percent of their share. So she’s not going to get anywhere near $55 million, but she’s going to get a good sum here."
The hotel group is expected to appeal the verdict, which could force Andrews to settle the case. After paying millions of dollars in attorney fees, Andrews would have to pay taxes on the settlement because money that is awarded for distress and not a physical injury is taxable.
Andrews sued for $75 million and was awarded $55 million. According to Wiehl, Andrews will walk away with maybe $6 million or $7 million.
It’s not unheard of for the winners of major civil cases to only get a small amount of the money they were awarded. O.J. Simpson was found liable for $33.5 million in damages for the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, but the Goldman family has said they received only a small portion of the money they were awarded.