Erin Andrews Tells Oprah Nude Video Was 'Nightmare'

ESPN Sportscaster to return to work this week following Peeping Tom horror.

September 1, 2009, 11:02 AM

Sept. 1, 2009 — -- Erin Andrews was horrified when she first saw a nude video of herself, taken in a hotel room and posted on the Internet without her knowing, the ESPN sportscaster tells Oprah Winfrey in an interview for "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

In the interview, to air Sept. 11, Andrews, 31, calls the Peeping Tom video and the Internet sensation it caused a "nightmare."

Andrews tells Winfrey she "opened up the computer [and] could feel her heart pounding" as she watched the grainy video.

The video was taken surreptitiously by a Peeping Tom through what appears to be a hole cut in the walls of one or more hotel rooms. Since it went viral online in July, Andrews has not given interviews or appeared on camera for ESPN.

On Thursday, Andrews will return to work on the college football sidelines in a matchup between South Carolina and North Carolina State.

"I'm excited to get back to work," she tells Winfrey. "I feel like it's going to really help me heal my wounds, [and I'm] ready to get on the field."

Andrews says she understands the media's interest in the story, but that she felt "victimized" by the attention.

"You know people have a story that they have to cover," she says. "But I just felt like I was continuing to be victimized. I did nothing wrong."

Erin Andrews Video Widely Searched

The clips of Andrews -- a statuesque blonde and former dancer who has developed a devoted following since starting at ESPN in 2004 -- topped Google's list of most searched terms for nearly a week in July.

Amateur sleuths have surmised that the footage was taken at two separate hotels, leading some to speculate that the Peeping Tom may have known Andrews and been familiar with her schedule.

No one has yet been named a suspect, but Andrews' lawyer has said the sportscaster will seek criminal charges and file a lawsuit against the person who made the video.

ESPN, like ABC News, is owned by the Walt Disney Company.

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