ESPN Reporter Erin Andrews Peephole Pictures Published by New York Post

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 naked 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 by a so far unidentified voyeur.

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Andrews’ reps say she is shocked by the invasion of her privacy and intends to bring criminal and civil charges against the perpetrator. Andrews has not yet spoken directly to the press 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.

Casino Employee Andrea McNulty Sues Ben Roethlisberger for Sexual Assault

Harrah’s Casino employee Andrea McNulty is suing Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for sexual assault stemming from an incident in July, 2008 during a celebrity golf tournament. According to NBCSports.com, Andrea McNulty claims Roethlisberger called her to his hotel room to fix his television and then sexually assaulted her.

Roethlisberger ‘s lawyer, David Cornwell, issued a statement to the press Monday strongly denying the accusations. “Ben has never sexually assaulted anyone; especially Andrea McNulty,” Cornwell said. Does anyone else find it odd that Roethlisberger especially did not assault McNulty? Strange turn of phrase there, Mr. Cornwell.

Source: Wikimedia Commons
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Andrea McNulty has filed a civil lawsuit alleging a list of charges against Ben Roethlisberger, including: assault, sexual assault and battery, false imprisonment, fraud and intentional infliction of emotional distress. However, no criminal charges have been made against the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback.

“The timing of the lawsuit and the absence of a criminal complaint and a criminal investigation are the most compelling evidence of the absence of any criminal conduct,” Cornwell said, according to ProFootballTalk.com.  “If an investigation is commenced, Ben will cooperate fully and Ben will be fully exonerated.”

Unidentified sources reported by TMZ.com say that McNulty did have sexual relations with Roethlisberger – but that the relationship was purely consensual.