Erin Andrews awarded $55 million in nude video lawsuit

Michael David Barrett and two hotel companies have been ordered to pay

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Erin Andrews was awarded $55 million by a jury in her civil lawsuit against her stalker who secretly recorded her through a hotel peephole.

Andrews, the 37-year-old Fox News correspondent and co-host of Dancing With the Stars, filed the lawsuit six years ago against Michael David Barrett, who recorded her through an altered peephole in a Nashville hotel. Barrett used a hacksaw to tamper with the peephole back in 2008.

In 2010, Barrett was convicted in criminal court and was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for stalking Andrews.

The sportscaster originally sought $75 million from Barrett, West End Hotel Partners and Windsor Capital Group. According to The Tennessean, Barrett is 51 per cent at fault, while the hotel owner and management company are 49 per cent responsible.

After Monday's verdict was read, Andrews thanked her family, legal team and supporters.

"I would like to thank the Nashville court, the court personnel and the jury for their service. The support I've received from the people of Nashville has been overwhelming," Andrews wrote in a statement on Twitter.

"I would also like to thank my family, friends and legal team. I've been honored by all the support from victims around the world. Their outreach has helped me be able to stand up and hold accountable those whose job it is to protect everyone's safety, security and privacy.”