Erin Andrews tearfully relived the day she called her parents to tell them how a stalker recorded her naked in a new interview, which aired on Monday.
The sports journalist, 45, learned she was videotaped undressing inside a hotel room in 2008. Initially, she didn’t believe it when a male friend called her and said he had proof and had seen the video himself.
“People thought it was a scandal,” she told Hoda Kotb on the “Today” show co-host’s Making Space podcast on Monday, November 20. “And I’m the square from high school. I don’t do those things.”
She continued: “I knew the second I got the phone call from my friend at ‘Sports Illustrated’ that he said, ‘There’s this video,’ and I said, ‘No, there’s not. I don’t do that. I’m single. I don’t have that going on in my life.’ He’s like, ‘Erin, it’s you.'”
Andrews immediately called her parents after watching the video.
“My dad says he thought I had been in a car accident because I was just screaming,” she recalled to Kotb. “And I feel so bad. My parents were incredible. I was, God, in my thirties when that happened, and I resorted to acting like a 15-year-old because, in terms of not wanting to deal, my parents really, they were on the forefront.”
Andrews’ stalker, Michael David Barrett, filmed the star several times through a peephole while she was naked in her room at a Nashville hotel in 2008. Additionally, he filmed Andrews at a hotel in Columbus, Ohio.
Barrett later admitted he altered the peepholes during a civil trial. He served 2.5 years in prison for interstate stalking and was released in 2012.
Andrews went on to win a $55 million lawsuit in 2016 against Barrett and the companies that managed the Nashville Marriott hotel.
Andrews, who has experienced post-traumatic stress since the incidents, went on to meet her future husband, retired professional ice hockey player Jarret Stoll, during the 2012 World Series. They tied the knot in Big Sky Montana in 2017 and welcomed son Mack via surrogate in July.