TV personality Erin Andrews sues Marriott hotels

LOS ANGELES Thu Jul 15, 2010 7:36pm EDT

ESPN television sportscaster Erin Andrews arrives at the 2009 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles in this July 15, 2009 file photograph. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/Files

ESPN television sportscaster Erin Andrews arrives at the 2009 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles in this July 15, 2009 file photograph.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Erin Andrews, an ESPN reporter and recent contestant on television show "Dancing With the Stars," on Thursday sued Marriott International Inc and several hotels affiliated with it.

The lawsuit, filed in Chicago, stems from a series of incidents in which a man videotaped Andrews naked through hotel room peepholes and posted the footage on the Internet.

Also named in the lawsuit is the man who took those videos, Michael Barrett. In March, the Chicago insurance salesman was sentenced to 30 months in prison for committing the crime.

Andrews alleges negligence, invasion of privacy and emotional distress, among other complaints.

She claims the hotels provided Barrett with her reservation information, including her room numbers, before allowing Barrett to check-in to adjacent rooms. Once there, Barrett subsequently modified the peephole devices from the hotel doors and videotaped her surreptitiously with his mobile phone.

(Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

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