NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Sports reporter Erin Andrews took the stand for a second day of emotional testimony Tuesday where she revealed she takes extra precautions while staying at hotels.
Those precautions come after after she was secretly recorded at a Nashville Marriott hotel by Michael Barrett in 2008. Andrews is now suing both Barrett and the hotel for $75 million in damages.
During Tuesday’s testimony, the sportscaster said that upon checking into a hotel, she takes several precautions such as being moved to a different room than she is assigned and asks that phone calls not be sent to her room.
She also stated she will not stay in adjoining rooms and that she carries her own bags to her room.
While on the stand, Andrews admitted she has been “over compensating in [her] life” and she has had girls reach out to her on social media saying things like, “I want to be Erin Andrews without that Marriott stalker thing.”
Andrews also told the jury she will always have to receive treatment because the secretly-recorded video will always be on the Internet.
Aside from the issues she outlined with feeling secure and safe, Andrews touched on how the video has affected relationships.
“Guys out there want an easy girl, someone without drama. I’ve got drama,” she said.
Andrews is in a long-term relationship with hockey player Jarret Stoll. The pair lives together in Los Angeles.
She told the jury she is “very happy” in her relationship but feels “sad” because she thinks her boyfriend would “love the girl she was before more.”
Andrews wrapped up her testimony just before lunch.
Upon their return, Patrick Donaher, Andrews’ former boss at ESPN, testified via video Tuesday afternoon.
He stated Andrews maintained a “very good performance” at ESPN after the video was released. He also said he didn’t want the sportscaster to leave the company, and described her as being “natural” and “relatable” on-air.
“She made us better,” Donaher said.
Following his brief deposition, Andrews’ publicist Lewis Kay also testified via video.
Kay stated he and his management company have helped guide Andrews’ career since July 2011.
He said they wanted to make the sportscaster more appealing to a wider demographic than just hardcore football fans.
As part of his job, Kay said he is involved with dealing with “mean tweets” directed toward Andrews. According to Kay, Twitter has suspended the accounts of some users for things they tweeted.
Kay continued, saying Andrews wanted to make sure that he kept her “best protected” in the media. As part of that, Kay said they use aliases and avoid “certain” hotel chains to protect his client.
Court wrapped up just before 4 p.m. The trial is expected to continue Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.
Late Tuesday afternoon, the national women’s advocacy organization UltraViolet released a statement slamming Marriott’s defense in the Andrews’ case.
“Marriott has sunk to a new, and truly disgusting, low. Comments like the ones made by their attorney today contribute to rape culture and could sway other women not to come forward with their stories of assault. Their victim-blaming is shameful and an affront to women and survivors everywhere,” co-founder Nita Chaudhary said.