Friday, July 16, 2010

ESPN's Erin Andrews Sues Hotels For Giving Stalker Information He

I'm glad to see that Erin Andrews has sued 7 hotels who gave her stalker her room number. From the Detroit News:

ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, who was secretly videotaped nude while staying at hotels, filed a lawsuit Thursday against seven hotels and the suburban Chicago man who admitted making the tapes.

Andrews filed the suit in Cook County against the hotels for negligence and invasion of privacy, about seven months after Michael David Barrett, of Westmont, Ill., pleaded guilty in federal court in Los Angeles to interstate stalking.

Andrews' lawsuit alleges the hotels confirmed where Barrett was staying and gave out her room number without her permission.
These lawsuits are important because it isn't only celebrities who can be harmed because companies or their employees gave out this type of information. Other stalking victims can also be harmed as well as victims of domestic violence who may use going to a hotel as part of their safety plan.

In 3 cities hotels not only gave out her room number, they allowed Andrews' stalker to book a room next to hers.

Too often basic security and privacy considerations are ensured only when companies believe they will be hurt financially if they fail to have effective policies in place.


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posted by Marcella Chester @ 2:21 PM   4 comments links to this post


At July 16, 2010 6:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets be realistic. Other than her mother, father and the guty thats
banging her brains out, nobody gives shit about her little plight. She's a hot horny piece of ass. So horny, in fact she walks around her hotel room admiring herself and god knows what else. Ya, we all do that right. Lets just get this broad in Penthouse asap,so we can all fantasize about her as much as she does about herslef.

At July 16, 2010 7:08 PM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...

Anonymous, your comment makes me laugh since it contradicts itself so boldly.

You took the time to search out this blog post and then took the time to write a comment. So you clearly do give a shit. However, where you part ways with Andrews and those who are concerned about the actions of her stalker and the hotels which helped him is that you are supporting the crime committed against her and support those who facilitated that crime.

If you want us to be realistic, then that realism needs to begin with you and your tolerance of crime. Because of what you tolerate it is no surprise that you aren't willing to own your own words.

At July 17, 2010 10:22 AM, Anonymous GeorgiaGirl said...

First commentor clearly confirms that no "rape culture" exists *lol

Please don't delete his post, as it is the perfect example of how [some] men devalue women.

There are more Mel Gibsons than I realized.

At July 18, 2010 12:16 PM, Blogger JENNIFER DREW said...

The first misogynistic poster is clearly influenced by pornography and assimulating misogyny.

I wonder how he would react if the sex of the person who has been subjected to male stalking was male not female. Would this individual claim the victim was 'a horny piece of ass?' Just wondering?

I hope Ms. Andrews wins her case and is awarded substantial damages because these hotels obviously do not consider a person's safety to be of any importance once that individual has booked into said hotel. Profits apparently supercede the customer's rights.

Not forgetting that women are constantly told and even ordered not to enter supposedly male public spaces such as walking in a street in broad daylight. Now a woman cannot be guaranteed safety when she books into a hotel.


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