NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – During testimony in the Erin Andrews trial Thursday, an IT expert revealed that more than 16 million people have viewed the secretly-recorded video of the sportscaster.
Andrews is in court after suing a Nashville Marriott hotel for $75 million in damages after a man named Michael Barrett videotaped her through a peephole after reserving a room next to hers. He then distributed the video online.
Barrett was eventually found guilty of the crime, convicted and sentenced to two years in prison.
Dr. Bernard Jansen, the IT expert, told the courtroom that his numbers of how many times the video was viewed are on the “conservative” end, and the number could actually be higher because it is possible more than one person was watching it at a time.
He also said that during the month of July 2009 “Erin Andrews” was the top searched term, and someone watches the video every 1.5 minutes.
Andrews left the court room while jurors were shown the video.
Earlier in the day Thursday, a woman who did over-the-phone therapy sessions with Andrews upon Barrett’s release from prison in 2012 testified her goal was to help Andrews better articulate her feelings and deal with the aftermath of the incident.
Loren Comstock has been an Executive Leadership Coach and Consultant for 17 years with the Sigma Group. She is also a licensed social worker.
She said she started working with Andrews because Andrews promised her parents she would get therapy when Barrett was released. Andrews was working out of state in California at the time.
Comstock told the courtroom Andrews was distressed, humiliated and panicked about the video being taken and put online.
“She could not get through the day peacefully,” she said.
Comstock testified that Barrett’s release from prison triggered Andrews’ trauma all over again, saying she was depressed, anxious, obsessive, irritable and reactive.
Comstock also said Andrews’ feelings and behavior stemmed from being publicly humiliated.
She ultimately diagnosed Andrews with adjustment disorder and some symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Comstock said adjustment disorder is “not a nothing diagnosis” and it can be “very debilitating” to a person.
The therapist also noted that Andrews had been nicknamed “One-Click Erin” because if people saw her name, they clicked to see the video.
Other potential witnesses that could be called to testify include Jessie Palmer, a GMA contributor and a college football analysis for ESPN, and Chris Fowler, a football announcer.
Andrews was with Palmer and Fowler in Nashville covering a Vanderbilt football game when the 37-year-old sportscaster was secretly recorded in her hotel room.
Her father gave an emotional testimony Wednesday, saying his daughter is a shell of the person she was before the incident.
“She is afraid. My daughter has been scared for eight years,” Steve Andrews said to the court room. “For eight years she has been terrified that there is something else out there, that there is someone else looking for her. She doesn’t trust anymore.”
Her accuser, Barrett, was ultimately arrested and sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison. He was released in 2012.