Friday TMZ.com reported:
TMZ has learned Erin Andrews is outraged at DirecTV for not telling her about the sick, twisted, threatening emails until yesterday — even though the predator had been sending them since last September.
Erin’s lawyer, Marshall Grossman, tells TMZ, “We are outraged that these emails did not come to our attention until now.”
TMZ has learned security for DirecTV — which broadcasts “The Dan Patrick Show” — notified Grossman Thursday, even though the first sexual email was sent September 16, 2009 and the emails turned violent on March 14.
Grossman says Erin is “having a tough time.”
A rep for DirecTV could not be reached for comment.
After TMZ’s report, I spoke to a L.A.-based DirecTV source who explained that not only were those September emails about Andrews not threatening, they weren’t even read by DirecTV staffers until earlier this week.
My source said that only recently have DirecTV staffers received what the company would consider “threatening” emails about Andrews. Those emails, according to my source, were received and read earlier this week and reported to the authorities “instantly.”
After those recent emails were read, a search of the DirecTV email system revealed emails also about Andrews from September. Though the same person who sent the recent emails about Andrews also sent the September emails, my source said the September emails “were non-threatening.”
Additionally, those non-threatening September emails about Andrews had never been opened or read by DirecTV staffers. My DirecTV source said that because of the large volume of email that the Dan Patrick television and radio show receives daily, sometimes staffers aren’t able to read everything that comes in.
I myself have worked on similar national shows and there were many days that we didn’t get to all the emails. By the next day, those emails were pushed so far down in the system that often they were never opened. Happened all the time.
What really happened here is DirecTV staffers alerted authorities immediately after the first threatening email was received earlier this week. Then more unread, non-threatening emails about Andrews were found, with DirecTV also alerting authorities to those.
Further, I was told by my source that even if those September emails had been read by staffers at the time, they would not have been reported to authorities.