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Arrest Made in Erin Andrews Peeping Tom Case

10/3/2009 7:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned an arrest has been made in the Erin Andrews Peeping Tom case -- the one in which the ESPN reporter was secretly videotaped walking around naked in various hotel rooms ... and the suspect has been charged with the federal crime of felony stalking.

48-year-old Michael David Barrett was arrested at Chicago O'Hare International Airport on Friday.

According to the FBI, Barrett allegedly stalked Erin "with the intent to harass, to place under surveillance with intent to harass and intimidate, and to cause substantial emotional distress to a person in another state."

The videotapes surfaced in July. At least six clips showed Erin walking around two different hotel rooms in the nude, and were shot with a peephole camera. It was virtually impossible to tell when or where the videos were shot.

Andrews' lawyer, Marshall Grossman from the law firm Bingham & McCutchen, tells TMZ Barrett allegedly contacted hotels in the various venues "where Andrews was working in order to locate her and her room number -- and some of the hotels revealed that information, permitting him to target her." Grossman says Barrett would remove the peepholes from the doors -- or as the complaint states, "hacked off" -- and inserted tiny camera devices to secretly film her.

Someone tried to sell the clips to TMZ, but we refused to buy or air them because they were an obvious invasion of Erin's privacy. The federal complaint notes that the videos were offered for sale to TMZ.com through his email account.

The complaint says Andrews was so upset when the tapes began to circulate elsewhere she was "having trouble breathing and felt sick all of the time." The complaint adds, "She was concerned there might be more video and wanted to vomit just thinking about it."

UPDATE -- Barrett appeared in court today where he was ordered to be returned to California to face charges.



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the truth hurts huh    

I can't imagine hotels giving out her room information. There have been strict security rules on that for years ... you have to go through a hotel operator for your call to be connected to a room and they NEVER give out information on guests. So this is weird. If the hotels DID do that - I smell a law suit from Erin's camp in a heartbeat.

1659 days ago
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Todd da Man    

Here is a link to the Erin video that I just found. Its on The Pirate Bay. Its a good quality show. Check it out!

http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/5016629/Erin_Andrews_Nude

1659 days ago
3.

cash    

"Someone tried to sell the clips to TMZ, but we refused to buy or air them because they were an obvious invasion of Erin's privacy."

that statement is so sull of excrememnt since THATS ALL YOU DO!!

1659 days ago
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SERIOUSLY!!!    

ENOUGH OF THIS CRAP! I WANT MORE RANDY AND EVIL QUAID . SHE IS JUST TOO JUICY NOT TO GOSSIP ABOUT!

1659 days ago
5.

Franky Bones    

The guy in the court drawing looks like Robin Williams!

1659 days ago
6.

nightcrawler    

I agree with SHARE #18 Women commenting on football is just as bad as gay guys doing the girly shows. I hate it when women ask how do the players "feel"about a play. Andrea Joyce? is the worst one of all. Leave it up to Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.

1659 days ago
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UGGGGHHH    

Way to go TMZ. I am proud of you for turning in this loser peeping TOM.

OUTSTANDING JOB TMZ..............

1659 days ago
8.

Oppsishitedovertherainbowtofindthepotofgold    

The pirates on the high seas are a problem

The Pirates in Washington D.C are a disaster!

1659 days ago
9.

LD    

can someone find out what kind of markers the artist uses...

1659 days ago
10.

who dat    

The tapes were actually on the net during Feb. Then in July, her own attorney sent the usual form letters (bogus threats) after nobody was paying attention to the tapes. This is total BS. She was in on it for attention. He finds her at two seperate hotels, including room numbers. Then he stands in the hallway during the day, removes the peepholes and stands around in the hallway filming, at the exact time Erin dances around and plays with herself. The film is perfectly centered, imagine that.

1658 days ago
11.

Extravagantly-Creative    

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WHO IS THIS GUY ??

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1658 days ago
12.

horndog    

Our long national nightmare is finally over. Who is Erin Andrews again?

1658 days ago
13.

Angel    

Thank you TMZ for not buying and airing something like that.

Whoever did that should go to jail and whoever buys that to circulate it should also go to jail, for a VERY long time.

1658 days ago
14.

Simone    

First!!!!!!!!!!!!!!S

1660 days ago
15.

snoozen    

Sweet! She's an Hottie

1660 days ago
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