Man arrested on charges of stalking ESPN reporter

October 3, 2009 3:24:47 PM PDT
Michael Barrett, 48, was arrested at O'Hare Airport after returning from a trip to Buffalo, NY Friday night. The arrest came just hours after the criminal complaint against him was issued in Los Angeles. The complaint charges Barrett with interstate stalking, specifically alleging that he stalked ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews with the intent "to harass, place under surveillance, intimidate and cause emotional distress."

Barrett allegedly took eight videos of Andrews between July and September last year. At least one has been posted online, and it appears they were taken through peepholes while Andrews was alone and undressed in hotel rooms in Nashville and Milwaukee.

FBI agents believe Barrett requested the rooms next to her and then rigged the peephole to take the videos.

Barrett was targeted by investigators after he tried to sell the videos to the celebrity Web site TMZ back in January. TMZ then contacted lawyers.

Andrews has covered hockey, college football, college basketball and major league baseball for ESPN since 2004 and was somewhat of an Internet sensation even before the videos' circulation. Andrews said through her attorney that she will seek criminal charges and file civil lawsuits against Barrett and anyone who publishes the material.

Barrett was set to appear in court at ten o'clock Saturday morning.