AP: A man accused of taping surreptitious nude videos of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews while she was alone in hotel rooms was due to appear in federal court Saturday, authorities said.
Michael David Barrett was arrested Friday night at O’Hare airport as he arrived on a flight from Buffalo, N.Y., the FBI said. He faces federal charges of interstate stalking for taking the videos, trying to sell them to celebrity Web site TMZ and posting the videos online, the FBI said.
Barrett, 48, was set to make an initial appearance in federal court in Chicago, where he will be advised of the charges against him and the potential penalties, but will not enter a plea.
A message left at a phone listing for a Michael D. Barrett in Westmont, Ill., wasn’t immediately returned Saturday morning.
The charges were filed in Los Angeles, where TMZ is based and where Andrews first became aware of the videos. She is identified in the federal complaint as E.A.
Several TV networks and newspapers had aired brief clips or printed screen grabs from the videos in July.
Andrews thanked FBI agents and federal prosecutors for their work and said she hoped the case will eventually help others who have been similarly victimized.
“For my part, I will make every effort to strengthen the laws on a state and federal level to better protect victims of criminal stalking,” she said in a statement early Saturday. (read the entire report embedded in this post.)