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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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16.

dave    

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.

LOL TMZ are saints LOL. Too funny

1783 days ago
17.

friedlinx    

Who cares?

1783 days ago
18.

Simone    

Ouch!!!!! It is a very horrible situation!!!!! I cannot imagine somebody doing this just to earn some cash. It is awful to think about a strange invanding your privacy. This person has to go to jail urgently!!! This is sick!!!!!

1783 days ago
19.

iknowiwasthere    

HEY TMZ! something does not sound right.........you did not want to buy the clips???? YEAH,right! LMAO!

1783 days ago
20.

Simone    

Ok, it is difficult to believe that these people from TMZ didn't want to buy the clips. TMZ hasn't much credibility with its viewers. Heheheheheheehhehehee.

1783 days ago
21.

Chris    

Wait, so you've posted screenshots of other celeb sex tapes but didnt want to buy this one? Or maybe the real reason you didnt want to buy the tape is because ESPN threatened to sue your a

1783 days ago
22.

Chris    

Wait, so you've posted screenshots of other celeb sex tapes but didnt want to buy this one? Or maybe the real reason you didnt want to buy the tape is because ESPN threatened to sue your asses

1783 days ago
23.

letz byonest    

WOW this is a classic example of things being NOT OK!!!

What a sicko - or someone who looked to exploit for money??? Terrible - I hope he gets what he deserves...

ITZ NOT OK!!! for more on things that are NOT OK click below...

http://invazion.wordpress.com/2009/09/25/b-yonest-newz-update-itz-not-o-k/

1783 days ago
24.

DOODAD    

Well good for you TMZ. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOD for you, there's so much moral integrity in thirty mile zone.
please

1783 days ago
25.

who dat    

If this is accurate, this woman (Andrews) has serious mental issues. No women dances around in the nude, posing & arching their ass out, while suggestively stroking themselves, doing their hair. All this while they are alone in the room.

They probably paid this guy to take the fall with the idea of saving her rep. If he gets serious prison time, its for real. If not, I have my doubts.

Either way, I don't really care. When a woman with a great job and good looks doesn't have guys she is dating, there is a reason. Either a mental case or a fuzz bumper.

1783 days ago
26.

gg    

I don't believe it. You can't just call and get info from a hotel like that. The whole situation reeks of her being in on it. Who walks around naked in their hotel? How did he know ahead of time what state/city she would be in to even call those hotels? And who doesn't become suspicious of some random guy calling with questions about a female and what room she will be in? Not buying it.

1783 days ago
27.

Paparazzo@frog.cc    

Gotcha you sick bastard! (But I think she over-reacted.

1783 days ago
28.

doingfinethanks.    

how very touching.

1783 days ago
29.

share    

Sorry that happened to her, however, she is highly annoying. I am a woman, and personally feel that females should not report at male sporting events. Let men have their own time.

1783 days ago
30.

gnarlyone    

that fan is more devoted than one of the old dead fans...grateful dead
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0006718/

1783 days ago
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