The verdict is a big win for anyone who's ever been the victim of a sexual crime

By Macaela Mackenzie
Updated: March 08, 2016
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Fox sportscaster and all-around badass chick Erin Andrews is celebrating a major victory.

In 2008, Andrews, who was working for ESPN at the time, was secretly videotaped by a stalker several times while staying at a Marriott in Nashville. The Illinois man, who crossed state lines to catch up with Andrews while she was working, showed up at the Marriott and asked to be put in the room next to her. Not only did the hotel oblige, they didn't notify Andrews about the odd request. Scary stuff.

From the adjoining hotel room, the man was able to film Andrews naked several times. And because people are horrible, the nude videos of course appeared online (and were widely shared), doing major emotional damage to Andrews. The sports reporter has since spoken publicly about the toll sexual crimes like this take on their victims. (Related: 3 Ways to Protect Yourself From Sexual Assault.)

In the wake of the leaked video, Andrews sued the man who filmed her. She also filed suit against the hotel and its holding company for negligence leading to emotional distress and invasion of privacy, according to court documents.

And girlfriend won. Yesterday, a Nashville judge awarded her $55 million in the suit, about $27 million of which the hotel companies are responsible for.

"The support I've received from the people of Nashville has been overwhelming," Andrews said after the verdict was announced. "I've been honored by all the support from victims around the world."

While no sum of money can ever make up for such a personal violation, Andrews' win this week does mean another point against the perpetrators of sexual crimes.

Now, hopefully, Andrews can put this behind and go back to what she does best-being a kickass sports reporter.



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