$55 million??? Sheesh….
Erin Andrews Awarded $55 Million In Hotel Stalking Case
Erin Andrews is getting heavily compensated for her pain and suffering after a stalker took a nude video of her at a Marriott hotel.
A jury has awarded Erin Andrews $55 million as a result of her lawsuit against a Nashville Marriott and a man who took and posted a video of her.
Andrews was asking for $75 million in her civil suit vs. West End Hotel Partners, which operates the Marriott at Vanderbilt, and Michael David Barrett, who tampered with her hotel room’s peephole to record a video of her while she was in her hotel room. Barrett then posted the video online in 2009.
The jury found Barrett 51-percent responsible and the hotel to be 49-percent responsible, meaning Barrett is on the hook for approximately $28 million in damages while the hotel is ordered to pay $26 million.
And while Andrews surely deserved some compensation for the hotel’s negligently allowing the stalker access to her, a New York Daily News writer pointed out that families of police brutality victims have received FAR, FAR less.
Such a huge jury verdict makes a mockery of real pain and genuine suffering.
Eric Garner, 43, was choked to death by an NYPD cop on a city street. The medical examiner ruled it a homicide. His family got $5.9 million.
The family of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, killed in that “rough ride” in a Baltimore police van in 2015, got $6.4 million.
Cleveland police shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice — and his mother had to fight for an apology. And she got hit with an ambulance bill.
I’m not comparing the value of lives taken by the state to a celebrity’s embarrassment at being seen naked — because there’s simply no comparison. Juries are notorious for reacting with emotion and treating the judicial system like a big cash register.
Hmmmmm…what do YOU think, is it fair or foul to downplay someone else’s suffering???
Did Erin Andrews deserve $55 million???
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