FBI: Man Arrested in ESPN Reporter Nude Video Case

By: Raquel Maria Dillon AP Email
By: Raquel Maria Dillon AP Email

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Chicago-area man accused of taking surreptitious nude videos of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews in a hotel
room was arrested at Chicago's O'Hare airport Friday night, the FBI
said in a statement.

Michael David Barrett, 48, faces federal charges of interstate stalking for taking the videos, posting the videos online and trying to sell them to celebrity Web site TMZ.com, the FBI said. He's scheduled to make an initial court appearance Saturday morning in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

The charges were filed in Los Angeles, where TMZ.com is based. Andrews is identified in the federal complaint as E.A.

Barrett, of Westmont, Ill., was arrested after returning from a trip to Buffalo, N.Y., authorities said.

An ESPN spokesman contacted early Saturday said he was not aware
of the arrest and the network would comment later that day.

Seven of the eight videos posted online were taken through a modified door peephole while Andrews was alone and undressed in hotel rooms in Nashville, Tenn., in September 2008. Investigators believe the eighth video was taken in a hotel in Milwaukee in July 2008.

FBI agents believe Barrett requested a Nashville hotel room next to Andrews' and rigged the door's peephole.

Barrett tried to sell the videos to TMZ.com, but an employee there told Andrews' attorneys, according to the complaint. FBI agents matched information in the e-mail to Barrett.

A message left at a phone listing for a Michael D. Barrett in Westmont wasn't immediately returned Friday night.

Andrews has covered hockey, college football, college basketball and Major League Baseball for the network since 2004, often as a sideline reporter during games. She has said through her attorney that she plans to seek criminal charges and file civil lawsuits against the person who shot the video and anyone who publishes the material.

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