Erin Andrews: 'Meltdown' After Stalker Sentenced

"She doesn't deserve what happened to her, but part of the shtick, seems to me, is being a little bit out there in a way that then are you encouraging the complete nutcase to drill a hole in a room," USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan said in July.

Brennan later tweeted that "women sports journalists need to be smart and not play to the frat house."

By September, Andrews had gone underground, hiding out in her mother's Atlanta home, where she called 911 one day when she found paparazzi trying to photograph her through the windows.

In October 2009, a months-long investigation came to a close when Barrett was arrested at O'Hare airport in Chicago. He was extradited to Los Angeles and charged with "the intent to harass, to place under surveillance with intent to harass and intimidate, and to cause substantial emotional distress to a person in another state," according to the criminal complaint.

Prosecutors say Barrett posted online videos of 16 other women, who are as-yet unidentified.

Barrett, an Illinois insurance executive, does not have a history of sexual offenses or serious crimes, other than charges of driving under the influence in 1988 and some speeding tickets.

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