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updated: 7/15/2010 8:31 PM

ESPN's Andrews sues stalker, hotels

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ESPN reporter Erin Andrews filed suit Thursday against the Westmont man who pleaded guilty to stalking her and the hotels where he successfully peeped on her and shot video of her in the nude.

The 13-count suit, filed in Cook County circuit court, charged the hotels with negligence, invasion of privacy and the negligent infliction of emotional distress, saying they routinely allowed Michael David Barrett, 49, to learn where she was staying and facilitated him in getting rooms near or next to hers. They were also cited for his ability to alter hotel peepholes to shoot video of her.

Andrews also accused Barrett of negligence, invasion of privacy and infliction of emotional distress, as well as the public disclosure of private facts, as it was his attempt to distribute the videos he had shot on the Internet a year ago that first brought the scandal to light.

Barrett was sentenced to 30 months in prison in a Los Angeles federal court in March and fined more than $7,000 after pleading guilty to charges including the intent to "harass or to cause substantial emotional distress."

Named as defendants in the suit were the Radisson Hotel Milwaukee Airport, the Nashville Marriott and the Blackwell Inn in Columbus, Ohio, along with their corporate ownership, including Ohio State University and the Summit Hotel in Chicago, co-owners of the Blackwell.

The suit seeks in excess of $50,000 in damages on all counts.

Andrews recently competed on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" and just had her role in ESPN's weekend college football coverage bumped up for this fall.