By Chris Pleasance For Dailymail. The stalker who posted naked footage of ESPN presenter Erin Andrews online has explained how he managed to make the film. Michael David Barrett, who was jailed for 20 months after admitting making the film, said he got Andrews' room number after calling from the hotel lobby, before requesting to stay next door to her. Once in the room, he described modifying the peephole in her door with a hacksaw before listening for her to get out of the shower, then filming her with his cell phone.
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In his closing argument, Andrews' attorney encouraged the jury to award her damages that took into account the "full amount of harm that's been done to her. During her testimony, Andrews said she has suffered because of the video for the last seven years. She was forced to seek help in dealing with the trauma and now has an elaborate strategy for checking out hotels she stays in. Her parents told the court that she was a "shell" of her former self. The jury of seven women and five men found both Barrett and Windsor Capital, the hotel management company, responsible. After the verdict, Andrews tweeted her thanks to the jury and others, including other stalking victims. The suit alleged that Barrett was able to film Andrews while she was nude by manipulating the peephole on her hotel room door.
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Michael David Barrett pleaded guilty in December to interstate stalking after prosecutors accused him of following the ESPN reporter to at least three cities and shooting the videos through hotel peepholes. Barrett, 48, of suburban Chicago, agreed to a month prison sentence after pleading guilty but it was up to the judge to decide how long he would actually serve. Andrews urged the judge at the hearing for a harsher sentence and said she fears for her life every time she enters a hotel. Barrett admitted renting hotel rooms next to Andrews three times and shooting two videos of her while she was naked. He was accused of posting the videos online and trying to sell them to Los Angeles-based celebrity gossip site TMZ last year.
By Frank Rosario and Danika Fears. Disgraced former insurance executive Michael David Barrett described how he requested a room next to the TV journalist so he could film peephole video of her at a Nashville hotel — easily getting her hotel room number by using a house phone that showed where she was staying. But when he showed up, a hotel employee told him that the room he had requested was unavailable and they were going to put him in a different area, Barrett testified. While waiting for his room, Barrett said he went to the hotel restaurant, where he found a house phone that displays room numbers and called the operator. Barrett went to the 10th-floor room and saw that a maid was cleaning the one next door, so he requested to stay there.