Fox broadcaster and “Dancing With the Stars” co-host Erin Andrews has mild post-traumatic stress disorder, a psychologist testified in a Nashville, Tennessee, courtroom Wednesday. Nude images of the television personality were put online after convicted stalker Michael David Barrett drilled a hole into her hotel room in 2008 and filmed her naked.
Despite the mild PTSD, Andrews “is a resilient, stable person who functions fairly well psychologically despite the horrible experiences she has been through,” Dr. Kim Brown of Vanderbilt University said in her testimony, according to People magazine. “[She is not] failing in any areas of her life. She’s doing very well and succeeding and having good relationships and is thriving in her career and has obtained her dream job.”
Since Barrett asked the Nashville Marriott to give him the room next to Andrews, she holds the hotel responsible in the $75 million civil lawsuit. “I’m so angry. This could have been stopped,” she testified Monday. “All I wanted to do is be respected, be the girl who loves sports, and now I’m the girl with the scandal. It’s embarrassing.”
Neal Peskind, a representative of Marriott, was accused of playing Andrews’ nude videos for friends at a restaurant. “He said it was costing him millions so he was going to show it to everyone. His friends were making fun of her and her body,” the restaurant’s bartender, who was not named, wrote on Twitter, according to WSMV-TV, Nashville.
While Peskind admitted the video was played, he denied he was the one who brought it up. “I was at a private dinner meeting with friends. They brought up the allegations and they started viewing the video. I asked them to stop, and while they did so, it was not as quickly as I had hoped,” he said in an official statement Wednesday. “I would never disrespect Ms. Andrews and what she has been through. This is a very unfortunate situation that should not be a reflection on West End Hotel Partners or to our commitment to the issues in this case surrounding what happened to her. I sincerely apologize for my participation in what happened.”
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