Transcript for Erin Andrews' $75 Million Courtroom Battle
We'll begin with Erin Andrews' $75 million courtroom battle, the "Dancing with the stars" co-host suing her stalker and the hotel who allowed him to book a room next to her and secretly record nude video of her through a peephole. Ryan smith has the latest for us. Reporter: Erin Andrews suffered through an unthinkable crime. Her stalker filming her changing this a hotel disseminating them online and now she's fighting back saying the hotel's failings caused her emotional distress. I am happy to report -- Reporter: She's a co-host on ABC's "Dancing with the stars." But this morning, Erin Andrews taking on a very personal challenge. A $75 million courtroom battle against a stalker and a Tennessee Marriott claiming the hotel made it easy for him to film her in the nude. This is so humiliating to her and it continues and it's never going to stop. Reporter: The TV star fighting back tears in a Nashville court Tuesday as her lawyers describe how Michael David Barrett found her room number, telling the jury Barrett called the Marriott of Vanderbilt university with a strange request. I'm Michael Barrett, want a room next to Erin Andrews. That's my request. Reporter: And the hotel did nothing to prevent him from finding the room number. Then failed to notice he removed and altered the peephole on her door to do it. He stands there for 4 and a half minutes and videos her. Reporter: But the hotel's lawyers saying Barrett pulled a fast one on them. He deceived. He connived, he stalked. Reporter: Claiming his criminal behavior was his responsibility, not theirs adding he tried to film Andrews in three different hotels over nine months in 2008, always with the same M.O. Picks up the phone, calls the hotel here, this is Jeff, Scott and Erin Andrews, I need to confirm our reservation. Reporter: Barrett later Po posting them online eventually pleading guilty to stalking in 2010 sentenced to 30 months in prison. For Andrews the ordeal shaking her to the core revealing as a "Gma" contributor her difficulty in coping. I would go through putting my head down because I felt like everywhere I looked everybody was look even if they -- nobody was looking at me at all. Reporter: But EE merging to be a key advocate in strengthening anti-stalking legislation even telling congress in 2010 -- I had no idea just how serious this crime was until it affected my life. Reporter: Michael Barrett isn't represented but is expected to testify in the trial. The hotel's franchise owner tells they look forward to showing that Nashville Marriott acted reasonably and appropriately and Andrews' attorneys could call witnesses to talk about the emotional distress that she suffered. The trial is expected to last nearly two week, robin. All right, Ryan, thank you. We bring inabc's chief legal analyst Dan Abrams. We know the stalker already convicted in criminal court. How strong is this civil suit? It's a very strong civil suit against him but he doesn't have money so the question is going to be, how strong a case is it against the franchise owner, against the management company, et cetera. That's where you're talking about the potential for deep pockets and the potential of a payout. This is really a case where we're going to talk about how much and who pays it more than was there any wrongdoing. When we say how much, she's asking for $75 million. $75 million. She had been asking for 10 million and increased it to 675 million. Keep in mind for context here on average most wrongful death cases in civil court pay out $3 million to $5 million so when you're asking for $75 million in a case like this, it's an enormous number. And certainly I would think more than she's going to get but, again, the question is going to be who has to pay it and do they have to all pay it together even though there's no question that he, the stalker is the person who is primarily responsible. Which the hotel said this is terrible what happened. Put it all on him. What is their defense. The question is was it negligent. Did they do something. The defense says, look, he fooled us. He was an insurance executive. He knew how to play the game and ask the right room. Her position is going to be, no, no, no, they should never have allowed had him to be in that room next to me and they should have found that peephole a lot earlier. As Ryan said a couple more weeks and -- Absolutely. Thank you, Dan.
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