NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A witness in the ongoing Erin Andrews trial addressed allegations Wednesday that he showed the secretly-recorded video at the center of the case while he was out for dinner Tuesday night.
The allegations stemmed from a tweet sent to News 2 by a viewer stating Neal Peskind, a representative of the local owners of the Nashville Marriott who testified on Monday, showed the video at a table while at a restaurant where the viewer works.
On Wednesday morning, Peskind denied showing the video of Andrews but did admit in a statement from his lawyers the video was shown on a mobile device by someone else at the table.
“I was at a private dinner meeting with friends. They brought up the allegations, and they started viewing the video. I asked them to stop, and while they did so, it was not as quickly as I had hoped. This incident has been blown into something it was not. I would never disrespect Ms. Andrews and what she has been through. This is a very unfortunate situation that should not be a reflection on West End Hotel Partners or to our commitment to the issues in this case surrounding what happened to her. I sincerely apologize for my participation in what happened,” the statement from Peskind said.
Late Wednesday afternoon, the restaurant identified itself as Margot Cafe and Bar in east Nashville with a statement regarding the incident.
Owner Margot McCormick’s statement said, in full, “Based on what I have heard regarding the incident last night, one of my servers was made uncomfortable by activity at one of our tables. It is my understanding the supervisor on duty asked the customer to stop the behavior. I would expect any of my staff to respond to rude or offensive behavior in my restaurant. We take great pride in providing our guests with a quality experience.”
Andrews is suing for $75 million after she was secretly recorded by Michael Barrett in her Nashville Marriott hotel room in 2008. Both Barrett and the hotel are named in the lawsuit.
During his deposition earlier this week, Barrett admitted he tampered with the hotel room’s peephole so he could capture video of Andrews.
He also stated that his intent was not to embarrass or humiliate the sportscaster.
IT expert testified last week that he estimates more than 16 million people have seen the online video since it was posted.
During her testimony Tuesday, Andrews stated since the video was released she now takes extra precautions while staying in hotels.
Barrett has since been convicted and served two and a half years in prison.