TMZ: Erin Andrews Tape An Inside Job By ESPN?

We’re finally lifting the embargo on the Erin Andrews tape. We’re not posting it, we’re not posting links to it, we’re not posting screencaps of it, we’re not posting one shred of it. We haven’t even watched it, and if you’ve got any respect for women, neither will you. It’s creepy as hell and illegal, and we wanted to avoid all instances of cheap pageview farming by posting some boilerplate outrage.

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But if what Harvey Levin, the executive producer of TMZ, told Dan Patrick a couple days ago is true, then this is a deeper issue than just one isolated incident of gross perversion. Apparently there are multiple tapes. And from multiple hotels.

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(So wait, this, via LSUfreek and EDSBS, is actually possible?)

The revelation was slipped into Hour 3 of Patrick’s podcast from Wednesday during a call that was initially about that now-known-as-lame video of Jordan Crawford dunking on LeBron. Here’s what Levin told Patrick:

Patrick: Erin Andrews. Now you guys are looking at this, maybe it was an inside job, maybe somebody that worked with her. Is that what you’re hearing?

Levin: Here’s the thing. We’ve now seen six clips; there are six clips to this video. Four of them are from one hotel room. […] You can tell. The other one is a totally different room in what looks like a totally different hotel. […] So whoever it is not only knew her travel schedule but also knew what room she was staying in. So there’s some suspicion that this could be somebody who was with her as part of what she’s doing. So now ESPN has come out and said that they are looking into this.

Patrick: I talked to somebody I used to work with and that was the feeling, that you had to know her schedule and when she would be in her room.

At this point, it seems brutally obvious that somebody at ESPN is behind this; the “GOBLAZERS” username on the uploader to the original site is either A) a red herring or B) an indication that the video got out of the hands of whoever at ESPN was spying on Andrews.

Also, though, it should be obvious that with the footage, it would be easy enough to figure out where the cameras were. And if they were put through walls instead of the door, it stands to reason that whoever had access to the other side of those walls - and that’s got to be a pretty limited list.

It’s a weird, strange notion to think that if somebody is famous enough, not even a hotel room with the shades drawn is enough of a safe haven from prying eyes. But lo and behold, that’s what we’ve got, and that’s a damned shame. Andrews has agency in what she does in front of the camera, just as every television personality does. Unless there’s a stunning revelation, it’s safe to say she had no agency in the making or release of these videos, and that alone - to say nothing of the gross invasion of privacy - makes them just plain reprehensible.