Erin Andrews is in the midst of her lawsuit against the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University where she was taped through the peephole in her door. Apparently this video of her was viewed 17 million times.
Andrews contends that the man – who was convicted of felony stalking and who was sentenced to 30 months in prison — alleges that employees at the hotel property revealed she was a registered guest at their hotel, gave the stalker her room number, and at his request assigned him the room next to hers.
Hotels really shouldn’t tell strangers what room you’re in, of course, though ultimately one of the biggest threats to security is social engineering, and that’s a tough problem to crack.
In testimony during her lawsuit seeking $75 million in damages she detailed her new hotel security routine.
“As soon as I get to a hotel, no matter what city or state I’m in, I tell them I want to be moved from the room I was pre-booked in. I want to be moved. I also say if someone has asked to be next to me, they need to call me,” she described on the stand Tuesday. “I instantly cover the peep hole and then I do a check of the room. I look everywhere. I look for lights. I look for red lights. I look to see if there’s cameras. I check the bed. I check the alarm clock. I check the phone. I booby trap my room.”
…”I put a piece of paper down by the door so when I leave, if someone comes into the room I can tell,” she said. “I just put something by it so that if somebody walks in, I can just tell.”
Mitigating the claim for damages, Marriott’s attorneys have argued that this video did not hurt her career.