hotel_rooms_sxc-iboffIn the wake of the recent Erin Andrews case, hotels everywhere are beginning to revamp their security policies. Until now, requests for adjacent rooms have been handled inconsistently throughout the hotel industry. If you ask for a room next to another guest, some hotels will call the other guest for consent, but many will simply go ahead and book it without confirming with the other party.

“This is a wake up call for the hotel industry,” said Peter Greenberg, author of Hotel Secrets from the Travel Detective and CBS travel editor.

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ESPN VideoIt has been revealed that, Michael David Barret, the now infamous peeping tom accused of spying on ESPN reporter Erin Andrews had also been making naked videos of other women. At his hearing, Assistant US Attorney Steven Grimes stated “Yes, judge, there are other women. He has used his computer to disseminate these videos to the world.”

Barret, who used cameras and self-made peep holes to spy on women, supposedly made many more videos that the police hope to find on the two computers seized from his home. Barret has been posted on bail and is under house arrest where he is wearing a GPS ankle bracelet as well as being banned from using the internet. Much like with the Andrew’s video, Barret uploaded other videos under the web-name “GOBLAZERS1.” So far, Barret has been officially charged with stalking which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.


UPDATE:

Michael David Barret has agreed to plead guilty to stalking Erin Andrew and could face up to 5 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

(Via The Telegraph)

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It has finally been revealed that the original Erin Andrews‘ peephole video was not an inside job. The F.B.I. has discovered that a man named Michael David Barrett was responsible for the notorious video. He was arrested for taking the video and selling it online. Barrett also goes by the name “Mark Barrett” and used the email address “handsforyou@yahoo.com.” The person who officially filed the complaint on behalf of Erin Andrews was F.B.I. Special Agent Tanith Rogers.

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andrewsAfter 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.

(Via Oprah)

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When sports radio personalities Scott Kaplan and Billy Ray Smith from XX1090 San Diego heard about the ESPN Anchor Erin Andrews video scandal, they immediately called upon Todd Morris, CEO & Security Expert of BrickHouse Security to sound off about the controversy.

erin-andrews-photo1“When celebrities show up in a hotel or dressing room or even at a hair salon there is always the risk that someone has been there before and planted a camera and might catch them in something.”

Erin Andrews had to find this out the hard way when an embarrassing peephole video of her surfaced on the Internet.

“Even catching a B list celebrity doing something embarrassing could generate a photo or video worth over $100,000 from one of the tabloids. For these paparazzi, they’re looking for their lottery ticket. They’re looking to generate some controversial content…controversy from a B level celebrity could turn them into an A level sensation.

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