The man is accused of stalking ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, now he could face up to five years in prison and a fine up to $ 250,000. Keep reading to know all the details about this outrageous news, plus photo and video below.
An insurance executive has agreed to plead guilty of stalking another person from state to state after having recorded videos of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews nude, according to court documents filed Thursday and obtained first by The Associated Press.
Michael Barrett, 48, pleaded guilty Tuesday before U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for federal prosecutors.
Barrett is accused of renting hotel rooms near Erin Andrews in three different cities last year, alter the peepholes on the doors and record videos of Andrews in two locations: in Columbus, Ohio, in February 2008 and Nashville, Tennessee, seven months later. The prosecution says Barrett adjusted the site of a hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in July, and called the 14 hotels to find out where the reporter was running the sports channel.
According to prosecutors, Barrett’s videos uploaded on the Internet this year and tried to sell the celebrity website TMZ. Several newspapers and television networks broadcast and published pictures of the videos.
"Mr. Barrett accepts full responsibility for his behavior," Barrett said attorney David Willingham. "He offers his apologies to Miss Andrews and expresses its deep regret for his conduct which has caused her much pain. And I sincerely hope that these developments can now turn into an opportunity to make positive changes in their lives."
Barrett could face up to five years in prison and a fine up to $ 250,000. But I always accept responsibility for your actions, show repentance and avoid getting into more trouble prosecutors will recommend a sentence of 27 months in prison, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Wesley Hsu.
Barrett will have to pay full restitution to Andrews, in accordance with the terms of his plea agreement, but the sum was not disclosed. It would also be subject to a restraining order three years that would prohibit contact or close to 91 meters (100 yards) from Andrews and her family.
The lawyer Marshall Grossman, who represents Andrews, told the AP that his client and his father attend Thursday’s hearing and could ask the judge to impose a sentence more severe.
"We are pleased that the prosecution has obtained a guilty plea from Mr. Barrett," Grossman said. "We are now reviewing the agreement and Erin reserves the right to speak in court and ask for a greater penalty."
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