The Erin Andrews peephole video stalker has finally been apprehended! Michael David Barrett, 48, was arrested Friday night at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Barrett faces charges of interstate stalking for videotaping ESPN reporter Erin Andrews in the nude through a peepholes in several hotel rooms.
The alleged stalker, who also goes by the name Mark Ben nett, reportedly attempted to sell the nude peephole videos to celebrity tabloid website TMZ.com. The FBI said in a press statement Barrett was tracked down through an email he sent to TMZ.com offering the videos for sale. TMZ.com did not purchase the videos. The videos were eventually leaked to the Net and still photos from the videos were printed by the New York Post and other publications.
The nude videos were allegedly taped with a cell phone camera through the door peepholes at two separate hotel rooms where Erin Andrews stayed. The door peepholes at both hotels had reportedly been modified by Barrett so he could film through them.
Erin Andrews reportedly suffered from extreme anxiety after the nude peephole videos were leaked onto the Internet. “As a result of the incident, [Andrews] did not sleep well and had constant anxiety,” she stated in the criminal complaint against Barrett. “In addition, [Andrews] was having trouble breathing and felt sick all of the time. She was concerned there might be more video and wanted to vomit just thinking about it.”
The now infamous Erin Andrews peephole video incident has left the ESPN reporter traumatized and paranoid about invasions to her privacy. A recent Erin Andrews 911 call shows the star reporter is still reeling from the media frenzy over the nude video.
ESPN reporter Erin Andrews was devastated after a peephole video showing her naked in a hotel room was released on the Internet. Still photos from the video, taped by a still unidentified voyeur, have since appeared in the New York Postand other media outlets. Andrews is reportedly still extremely distraught over the whole affair. So much so that she frantically called 911 when a group of paparazzi gathered recently outside her home in Atlanta.
In the call to Dekalb County 911, Erin Andrews tells the operator that she has â€œbeen in the news recently about being in a hotel nakedâ€ and complains about â€œpaparazzi outside my window.â€ Andrews states that police told her to call 911 if paparazzi show up at her house. When the operator seems confused about who Andrews is, the ESPN reporter responds, â€œIâ€™m all over the news right nowâ€¦ Iâ€™m the girl that was videotaped without her knowing, without her clothes on in the hotel.” With a mixture of what sounds like anger and panic, Andrews tells the operator, “Iâ€™ve got two assholes sitting outside my houseâ€ and she wants them removed by police immediately.