One of the most intense and long-running scandals of 2009 was the illegal acquisition of a video of a naked Erin Andrews, ESPN’s star sideline reporter, getting ready forÂ her workÂ day.Â The blurry video was actually a composite of several short videos shot through a peephole, spliced together and uploaded onto the internet.Â It existed as an underground novelty with internet users speculating that the individual in it was Erin Andrews until the popular sportscaster issued a statement that the video was indeed her and that she was going to take legal action against those who would disseminate the peephole and whoever had obtained it orginally.
The peephole video scandal lasted for weeksÂ through July and August, partly perpetuated by a secondary scandal of its treatment by the mainstream media.Â
And then it suddenly ended with the arrest of Michael Barrett in October.Â Â He was sentenced to 30 months for interstate stalking on Monday, March 15.Â Erin Andrews, in a press conference afterward, said that Barrett should have been sentenced to far more time and should be considered a sexual predator.
The trial and sentencing brought the peephole video back into the news.Â That and the fact that Erin Andrews was invited to be on “Dancing With The Stars”Â for Season 10.Â The allure of seeing Erin Andrews in a skimpy “Dancing With The Stars” outfit seemed to have rekindled the interest in seeing her naked.Â According to various lists ofÂ trending topics, Erin Andrews andÂ the illegally obtained hotelÂ peephole video wasÂ a hotÂ topic once more.Â Â
Despite threats of legal action, the peephole video was already loose –Â had been sinceÂ February 2009Â –Â on the internet and had become virtually impossible to track down and eradicate inÂ its untold numbers.Â But Erin Andrews, after sequestering herself away from the media for a few weeks, went back to work for ESPN, did a photo and video shoot for GQ, and went on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to talk about her ordeal.Â She was also back on the sidelines come college football season.
The Erin Andrews peephole video will always be a part of the ESPN reporter’s story, always lurking somewhere on the internet, awaiting resurrection.Â It is up to her whether or not she lets it define her.Â Thus far, she has not.
Erin Andrews is one of the favored dancers on this season of “Dancing With The Stars.”Â Season 10 begins on March 22.