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ESPN Reporter, Erin Andrews, Files Suit
Against Hotel Chains Over Secret Taping

By Cynthia Dizikes, Chicago TribuneMcClatchy-Tribune Regional News

July 15, 2010--ESPN reporter Erin Andrews sued several hotel chains today, alleging that they failed to protect her from an Illinois man who pleaded guilty in 2009 to secretly videotaping her in multiple hotel rooms while she was undressed.

The ESPN reporter claims that when Michael David Barrett called Marriott International, Radisson Hotels International and other chains the hotels confirmed her whereabouts, including her room number, and then gave Barrett a room next door.

Andrews said in a statement that she hoped her experience would "cause the hospitality industry to be more vigilant in protecting its guests."

She is suing the hotels and Barrett for an unspecified amount of damages for negligence and invasion of privacy, according to the filing in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago.

Marriott and Radisson could not be reached Thursday evening.

--Cynthia Dizikes

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