Last week on July 16th, a video was posted on an adult-oriented website that was filmed through a hotel door peephole and showing a nude woman. Although not specifically named, the video description hinted that it was a “blonde who looks a lot like a sports blogger favorite in her hotel room.”
In less than twenty four hours after posting, the website received the following statement from ESPN.
I am the General Counsel of ESPN, Inc. It has come to my attention that you have posted on your site pictures of a young, blonde woman at [redacted]. These pictures were obviously taken through a peephole or otherwise in a fashion constituting a trespass/assault on the rights of the woman involved. Your continued posting of these pictures are highly likely to render you an accessory after the fact to a criminal act. We hereby demand that you (i) immediately remove these pictures from your site and (ii) disclose to us the source of the pictures. We intend to hold you fully responsible for further display of material that so obviously violates the law.
Please confirm by return e-mail that you intend to comply with these demands. In the absence of such confirmation we will assume you are an active and willing participant in these acts.
The video was taken down, though the blog’s proprietor Doug Sheckler has stated will not name the original source of the video.
Andrews’ lawyer later made a statement via a Newswire press release:
“While alone in the privacy of her hotel room, Erin Andrews was surreptitiously videotaped without her knowledge or consent. She was the victim of a crime and is taking action to protect herself and help ensure that others are not similarly violated in the future. Although the perpetrator or perpetrators of this criminal act have not yet been identified, when they are identified she intends to bring both civil and criminal charges against them and against anyone who has published the material. We request respect of Erin’s privacy at this time, while she and her representatives are working with the authorities.”
We’ll have more on this story as it continues, and provide information if and when the culprits have been identified.