Man accused of filming Andrews released on bond

October 5, 2009 8:33:20 PM PDT
The man accused of stalking an ESPN reporter is now free on bond.Michael David Barrett of Westmont appeared in court Monday on federal stalking charges. He's accused of secretly making nude videos of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews and then posting them on the internet.

Michael Barrett is free to leave the federal lock-up but his freedom is limited by an electronic monitor and a strict curfew. Barrett had nothing to say to reporters as he hurried to a waiting car. But his attorney and longtime friend says Barrett will plead not guilty.

"These are allegations. These aren't facts that have been proven in a court of law," said Rick Beuke, Barrett's attorney.

In court prosecutors alleged Barrett stalked Andrews late last year following her to a number of cities, including Nashville where he was able to book a hotel room adjoining hers. And he allegedly altered the peephole allowing him to take video of her.

Andrews talked to Oprah about the ordeal last month.

"I kept screaming, 'I'm done, my career is over, I'm done," Andrews told Winfrey.

The 33-page criminal complaint says Barrett posted those nude videos under the heading 'hot blonde' with the description "sexy hot blonde sports celebrity shows us her all." The complaint continues saying there were several videos in sequence, each 42 seconds long. The videos were slightly grainy with lower resolution and apparently taken with a cell phone camera.

It's unclear to prosecutors how Barrett was allegedly able to book a room next door to Andrews.

"The hotel does not give out keys, does not give our room numbers, will do whatever it can to protect a guest," said Marc Gordon, Illinois Hotel and Lodging Assoctian.

Prosecutors allege Barrett also posted videos of other women. A number of other videos posted by goblazers1 appear on the Web page. It appears that these videos have also been taken of naked women through the peephole of a door. Each video has an opaque stamp over it reading 'explicit content.'

"Our plea will be one of not guilty and then we will investigate the case," said Beuke.

Barrett is due to be arraigned in court in Los Angeles later this month.

Prosecutors argued he is a danger to Erin Andrews and other women. But the judge released him with the monitoring, curfew and ordered that he have no contact with Andrews or any use of computers or the internet.


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