For fans of the American sports network ESPN, Erin Andrews is a familiar face. She was Playboy Magazine’s Sexiest American Sportscaster for two years running in 2007 and 2008. Many athletes that are featured on the cable channel can only dream of having a fan following as large as hers.
But now newspapers all over the United States are begging people not to watch a certain video of her.
For the last three weeks, a video of the sportscaster naked in her hotel room was the latest must-see online clip among American teenagers.
The video clip, which shows a naked woman in a hotel room, was filmed using a peephole camera. The woman, who was naked, appears to be standing in front of a table and looking at a mirror while doing her hair. Throughout the length of the video, she seemed to be unaware that her privacy was being invaded.
According to the American news website Examiner.com, the video was not new. It first appeared on the website Dailymotion.com in February this year and was uploaded by a user named Goblazers1.
Radaronline also reported that the clip was alleged to have been filmed by an ESPN reporter.
On July 17, Erin Andrews confirmed through a statement from her lawyer that she was being filmed without her content in the privacy of her hotel room. The sports reporter said that she is “taking action to protect herself”. The statement also said that perpetrator has yet to be identified.
Meanwhile, TMZ.com reports that the sportscaster had also made a 911 call saying that someone suspicious was outside her Georgia, United States home.
Demand for the video has soared online, with search terms related to Andrews making at least three of the top five Google searches of the week.
Despite sport cable channel ESPN’s efforts to contain the story, the New York Post ran pictures of the video. In response, ESPN has banned all New York Post staffers from any of its programming.
The Associated Press reports ESPN senior vice president of communications Chris LaPlaca as saying in a statement: “Erin was grievously wronged here.
“While we understand the Post’s decision to cover this as a news story, their running photos obtained in such a fashion went well beyond the boundaries of common decency in the interest of sensationalism.”
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