After months of silence, ESPN anchor Erin Andrews is finally speaking out about the nude peephole video that rocked the nation. Refusing to give any other interviews on the topic, Andrews says that today’s interview with Oprah will be both her first and last.
Andrews was caught on hidden camera by a peeping tom snooping around her hotel room earlier in the summer. The nude videos seemed to have been taken at multiple locations and were leaked onto the Internet by an anonymous source. Both degraded and humiliated, Andrews is finally speaking out.
“It’s been a nightmare,” Erin says. “I’m ready to wake up.” She describes her feeling when she first say the video, “I opened up the computer, could hear my heart pounding, saw it for two seconds and got hysterical,” she says.
Fearing that this invasion of privacy would damage her career, she described her feelings of panic to host, Oprah Winfrey. She says she still feels panic when she’s in a hotel or her own home, feeling like she’s being videotaped. Law enforcement is trying to pinpoint where exactly the video came from, all while trying to remove every trace of the video online.
Erin says officials have told her this won’t be easy. “I was told by law enforcement, ‘You’re just going to have to get used to the fact you’ll probably never get it all off,’” she says. “It keeps popping up.”
Although she has been a victim of the Internet, Andrews describes that she has found great comfort in the online community. Victims of similar crimes have reached out to Andrews, hoping that she will be the one to put an end to this type of stalking and abuse.
“I think it will always make me feel nervous. But I also feel it’s my duty to come out and show this person: ‘You know what? I worked hard for my career, and I got there the right way, and you’re not going to break me down,’” she says. “I also feel it’s my responsibility for these women and other victims of video voyeurism to just come out and say: ‘Look, I’m going to show my face. I’m going to get back to work. Let’s do it. You can too.’”
Undeterred, Erin Andrews says she’s looking forward to this year’s football season, covering the games from the sideline for sports mega station ESPN.