The New York Post is once again courting controversy by being the first to post screenshots from the infamous Erin Andrews peephole video on Tuesday. The video shows star ESPN reporter Erin Andrews strolling nakedÂ around a hotel room. Andrews’ lawyer, Marshall B. Grossman, said in a statement to the press that the video was illegally obtained through a peephole byÂ a so farÂ unidentified voyeur.
Andrews’ reps say she is shocked by the invasion of her privacy and intends to bring criminal and civil charges against the perpetrator.Â Andrews has not yet spokenÂ directly to the pressÂ regarding the incident.
ESPN stated that Erin Andrews, who was voted “America’s Sexiest Sportscaster” by Playboy, has “been grievously wronged” by the release of the nude video on the Internet and subsequent publishing of screenshots by the New York Post. ESPN has vowed to help with the investigation into the origin of the video. “Our people and resources are in full support of her as she deals with this abhorrent act,” a representative for ESPN said on Monday.
The original Erin Andrews peephole video link was posted at NSFWPOA.com, according to a report by Deadspin.com. After ESPN lawyers went after the site, the video was removed, as was a copy posted to YouTube.com. NSFWPOA.com’s Doug Sheckler has refused to reveal the source for the video at this time. Numerous fakes have been posted online, only to leave downloaders infected with malicious virus software.
On Tuesday, the New York Post published screenshots they claim were taken from the nude video of Erin Andrews. According to Newsday.com‘s Watchdog Blog, Sports Illustrated‘s Jon Heyman immediately announced that he would be cancelling his subscription to the Post, as did SportsNet New York’s Chris Carlin.
This is hardly the first time this year the New York Post has published an item designed to instigate controversy. A cartoon published by the Post in February implying a comparison between President Barack Obama and a murdered chimpanzee also stirred up widespread outrage.