Erin Andrews was at Federal court hearing in Los Angeles today where Michael David Barrett pleaded guilty to stalking her across three state lines. Federal prosecutors recommended that Barrett be given 27 months in prison.
Andrews attorney Marshall Grossman said he will push for more jail time, which will be determined on Feb. 22. Grossman also said he thought the FBI investigation into Barrett was still ongoing and that Barrett had secretly videotaped “a dozen other women.”
Andrews talked to the media after the hearing. Here’s excerpts of some of her comments taken from a live TMZ.com feed:
“I wanted to go right in and get it over with. To see him (Barrett) face-to-face. The first couple minutes were very difficult. I lost it. My Dad was trying to help me keep it together. I looked at him a few times to see what his reaction was. Now that I’ve been thrust into this role, I want to the judge to see me and how emotional I was.
“I believe he should be classified as a sexual predator. I want him to stay in jail as long as possible. He’s a threat to all women. I dont want somone else’s career to be ruined like this. It wont come off the internet. Still to this day every time I check into a hotel room, I’m constantly looking around to see if he’s there. I wanted (today) to give the judge a sense of what he’s done.”
“People bring it up. They think it’s funny. I’m embarrassed and humiliated. I’m still scared to stay in hotels and my house.”
Andrews attorney Marshall Grossman:
“We are not supportive of that plea agreement. Erin will make her feelings known about that at the time of sentencing. There were well over a dozen other women who were surreptitiously stalked and videotaped by Barrett. I have a strong sense the government’s investigation is still ongoing.“
It will be interesting to soon learn the implications of the FBI’s further investigation into Barrett’s activities.’
UPDATE: TMZ.com has these comments from Andrews directed to the judge at the hearing:
“I have nightmares about the sexual predator. I hope he never sees the light of day so no one else has to deal with this. He put the videos on the Internet for the world to see. I have been humiliated and embarrassed. … (She’s been subjected to) crude comments … and fans [at sporting events] say obscene things to me.”