A tearful Erin Andrews has described the ‘hardest part’ of watching footage a man recorded of her naked.
The Fox Sports star, 39, told Megyn Kelly in a second episode of her NBC talk show that the most heart-wrenching part of watching the video was when she heard the pervert breathing.
‘One of the videos we had to watch, you can hear him breathing in it. You can also hear people behind him walking, which is also disgusting,’ Erin recalls.
‘But I think the breathing is the hardest part. You can just hear him breathing.’
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Erin Andrews told Megyn Kelly the most difficult part of watching her stalker’s video was hearing him breathing
The Fox Sports football reporter and Dancing With The Stars host told Kelly that she still relives the trauma of the incident and its aftermath
‘I have to relive it all the time,’ Andrews, 39, tells Kelly (right). ‘It’s shaped who I am as a person.’
In 2008, Michael David Barrett secretly recorded Andrews by using a modified peephole and posted the video online.
The 55-year-old stalker spent two-and-a-half years in prison following his stalking conviction.
Since his release from prison in 2012, Barrett has filed for bankruptcy with debts of almost $160,000.
Last year, Erin won a $55million lawsuit against both Barrett and the Marriott hotel management at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where the incident took place.
During the candid interview, an emotional Erin relived the moment she told her parents about the footage, which she said was so ‘gross’ she wanted to take 80 showers.
‘I was just stunned. I was in shock. I was embarrassed,’ she tells the ‘Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly’ host.
‘I was freaking out so much that when I called my parents, my dad thought I had been injured in a car accident because I was just screaming bloody murder on the other end.’
The football reporter and Dancing With The Stars host tells Kelly that she still relives the trauma of the incident and its aftermath.
‘I have to relive it all the time,’ she says. ‘It’s shaped who I am as a person.’
‘It messed with my family. It hurt my mom and dad so bad and it still does,’ she continues.
‘And you don’t get any sort of pass for doing that.’
The jury heard directly from Andrews (left), who tearfully testified that she was humiliated, shamed and suffers from depression as a result of the video, which has been viewed by millions of people online. Barrett, the stalker, (right) served 2.5 years in prison
Last year, Andrews won a $55million lawsuit against both the stalker, Michael David Barrett, and the Marriott hotel management at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where the incident took place. She is seen above on the right in a Nashville courtroom
During the trial, the jury heard directly from Andrews, who tearfully testified that she was humiliated, shamed and suffers from depression as a result of the video, which has been viewed by millions of people online.
Andrews’ parents described for jurors the terror they and their daughter felt after learning of the video but not knowing who took it, where it was shot and if someone was still watching their daughter.
Attorneys for the hotel said the blame for the stalking rests solely with Barrett.
They said that while they did not condone the act, Andrews’ career ascendancy since the incident shows that she did not suffer permanent distress.
Andrews gained nationwide fame after she was hired by ESPN to work as an in-game reporter for its National Hockey League telecasts in 2004.
In 2010, she appeared on Dancing with the Stars, partnering with Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
The couple finished in third place out of a total of 11 who competed on the show.
In 2012, Andrews left ESPN and joined Fox Sports, where she worked as a sideline reporter for the network’s baseball, football, and NASCAR broadcasts.
Two years later, Andrews was named Fox Sports top sideline reporter for its NFL broadcasts.
That same year, she was named a co-host of Dancing with the Stars.
In her interview with Kelly, Andrews also discusses her recent diagnosis of cervical cancer.
Andrews only revealed the diagnosis months after she was cleared of the disease.
This past January, she told Sports Illustrated that she underwent surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on October 11.
Before she was wheeled into the operating room, Andrews said she told her oncologist: ‘I’m not watching any football games at home. This is (Fox’s) Super Bowl year, and I’m not missing the Super Bowl.’
She was back on the sidelines five days later. She said her doctor didn’t recommend a return to work so soon.
‘Should I have been standing for a full game five days after surgery? Let’s just say the doctor didn’t recommend that,’ Andrews said.
‘But just as I felt during my trial, sports were my escape. I needed to be with my crew.’
Andrews says she underwent a second procedure November 1 and was told later that month radiation and chemotherapy would not be needed.
‘After the trial everyone kept telling me, “You’re so strong, for going through all of this, for holding down a job in football, for being the only woman on the crew”,’ Andrews said.
‘Finally I got to the point where I believed it too. “Hey, I have cancer, but damn it, I am strong, and I can do this”.’