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ESPN Just Effed Erin Andrews in the A

Way to go guys

erinandrewsSo there is this blurry video shot through a peephole of a naked blond girl in her hotel room. So far that sounds like about a thousand videos you could find in ten seconds with a Google search. This particular blond happens to be a popular reporter for ESPN. Until this week the clip was just another voyeur porn video. It’s been online since February and no one had made the connection that the naked blond was ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, until ESPN’s legal department got involved.

This is what ESPN sent to the website hosting the video.

I am the General Counsel of ESPN, Inc. It has come to my attention that you have posted on your site pictures of a young, blonde woman . . . These pictures were obviously taken through a peephole or otherwise in a fashion constituting a trespass/assault on the rights of the woman involved. Your continued posting of these pictures are highly likely to render you an accessory after the fact to a criminal act. We hereby demand that you (i) immediately remove these pictures from your site and (ii) disclose to us the source of the pictures. We intend to hold you fully responsible for further display of material that so obviously violates the law.

Please confirm by return e-mail that you intend to comply with these demands. In the absence of such confirmation we will assume you are an active and willing participant in these acts.

David Pahl

Erin Andrews’ lawyers issued their own statement after ESPN turned the spotlight on the web site and video.

While alone in the privacy of her hotel room, Erin Andrews was surreptitiously videotaped without her knowledge or consent. She was the victim of a crime and is taking action to protect herself and help ensure that others are not similarly violated in the future. Although the perpetrator or perpetrators of this criminal act have not yet been identified, when they are identified she intends to bring both civil and criminal charges against them and against anyone who has published the material. We request respect of Erin’s privacy at this time, while she and her representatives are working with the authorities.

ESPN has gone a Dick Cheney on this and is threatening to sue/ruin/kill any site that reposts the video of Erin. I feel sorry for her, I really do, but if everyone would have kept quiet, no one would have eve known the truth. It’s been online for five months and no one knew it was her. If ESPN hadn’t gone after the site that had it posted it, it would have gotten lost in the billion other videos just like it  that are floating around the net.

Information and porn want to be free. Now that people know it’s Erin Andrews the video will never go away. They’ve driven it underground to the torrent sites, but it will never go away–never–end of story. They will keep going after sites that post it for awhile, but eventually they will stop, and it will creep back online. By this time next year you will be able to search Erin Andrews Peephole Vid and find it in no time.

I hope they find whoever shot it and prosecute them. At this point that’s the only good thing that can come out of this for her. From here on out she is going to have to deal with assholes making crude comments about it, and I’m not sure it was worth it on ESPN’s part to out her in the video.

So here is my question to you. If it was you in the video and it had been on the net for five months with no one ever figuring out it was you, what would you do? Would you stay quiet about it to save yourself the embarrassment, or would you try to get it taken down, knowing that everyone would know it was you? What if you were famous, would that effect your decision?


July 24, 2009 - Posted by | Culture Critic, News You May or May Not Use | , ,


  1. I like this article, Keebs.

    Comment by baby fish mouth | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  2. The cynic in me thinks they went after the video maker FOR the attention…

    So I’m really not sure how to answer those questions. 😛

    Comment by TheHobo | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  3. I don’t know. Even if no one else knew it was me, *I* would know it. I think I’d want to go after them, even if it meant the world knew it was me. I’d want the people who did it to be punished.

    But that’s just my gut reaction – I’m sure I’d need to give it a lot more thought if I were actually in that situation.

    Comment by SeaKat | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  4. Shhhh -don’t tell my hubby about this mess. He loves him some Erin Andrews. I might never get him off the computer….

    Comment by payter | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  5. Wait… so she was just… naked? And the pictures were blurry? Through a peephole? Do people looking for porn on the internet even stop on those kinds of things anymore?

    I wouldn’t go after them. Even if people eventually knew it was me, I’m not really sure I’d care (as long as it really was blurry). It’s not like it’s embarrassing to be naked in the privacy of your own hotel room. Part of me is totally inclined to think, “publicity stunt.”

    Comment by vodkafanta | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  6. Payter – just make sure you tell your hubby that at least SOME of the links have been trojan horses for viruses. Or so said msn.com yesterday. That ought to scare him enough to keep him from searching for the images.

    Come to think of it, THAT should have been the legal dept’s announcement:

    For Immediate Release


    Bristol, CN It has come to our attention that someone has posted blurry pics of a naked blonde woman that claim to be images of our sportscaster, Erin Andrews.

    ESPN lawyer Josh Smithington says that the links are actually viruses that will cause your computer to explode after sending threatening emails to the White House.

    “Good luck explaining that to the Secret Service agents when they break down your door at 3 AM. We’re just trying to help,” says Smithington.


    Comment by SeaKat | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  7. VF, it’s weird to me that this story got so big. Men seem to take it personally, and I’m not saying anything about Keebler here, I mean every man I’ve talked to about it seems bothered – I partly wonder if it’s because she’s “one of them.”

    It’s frustrating that these same guys seem so detached when a woman in their life is similarly violated. Am I the only one who’s noticed that kind of response?

    Comment by baby fish mouth | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  8. Hmmmm…BFM that is interesting.

    The part that creeps me out is that it wasn’t an intentional video…shot through a peep hole…dude, that’s voyeurism to an extreme. Maybe what is really bothering them is realizing that they want to go look it up? I mean, aren’t men the driving force behind all the sites dedicated to showing famous women naked or in their swim suits? Nip slips included…

    Comment by TheHobo | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  9. bfm: Every guy I know would be rounding up a posse if it was their wife, gf, sister, daughter, mother or friend.

    Comment by oneofthevoicesinmyhead | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  10. It sounds like I need to know more men with posses.

    Comment by baby fish mouth | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  11. Yeah, I have to admit that if that were me or *especially* if that were either of my daughters, I would have to physically restrain my husband from buying a gun and hunting down the guy who did it.

    It’s funny – on another site (Gawker, maybe?) I read the following (paraphrased) exchange in the comments about this story:

    Commenter 1: Wow, hot, blonde naked celebrity caught on camera and I’m *not* excited about looking at the video? Something’s wrong with this picture.

    Commenter 2: I think that “something” that you’re looking for is called “consent.”

    Commmenter #2 summed that up rather nicely, didn’t s/he?

    Comment by SeaKat | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  12. Yes, yes s/he did. 🙂

    Comment by TheHobo | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  13. SeaKat: Yeah, I would say he would, especially your daughters, but I would think that he wouldn’t for you only if you wanted first dibs on the guy. My dad once kicked someone out of his restaurant for making a semi-lewd comment about me that I didn’t even hear. I can’t even imagine how he would have handled someone doing something like that.

    Comment by Lily the Pink | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  14. SeaKat – good one about the “consent” comment.

    To answer Keebs question: Yes, I would try to get it taken down off the ‘net (if that is even possible) and I would try to find out who took the video and posted it and press charges because I wouldn’t want this to happen to another person and to also deter would be predators/perverts/perpetrators from committing this crime.

    Also, you say it’s been on the internet for five months. Do we know if ESPN and/or Erin Andrews knew for five months of the existence of this video or did they just discover it recently? Also, wouldn’t ESPN need Erin’s permission or consent to have their lawyers deal with the matter?

    Comment by rumoUr | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  15. my dad would go straight henry louis gates on somebody’s punk ass.

    Comment by stopthemadness | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  16. was she JUST naked? what’s the big deal about being naked? it’s not like she was gettin it on doggy style on a pool table, if i were her i’d just laugh it off and keep on rollin. ya know, TMIMO

    Comment by lava | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  17. i think it’s more the creepy peeper aspect than anything.

    if it were a sex tape or something she committed too during which she wasn’t having sex but just naked (non sex tape) than that’d be something to let roll by.

    but being videotaped when you’re not aware of it, and the potential that some creepazoid is doing the same thing to others?

    mega creeperson.

    then again, it doesn’t sound like ESPN is too concerned about catching the culprit as they are about removing the video from online.

    so maybe you’re on to something!

    Comment by DonnaMartin | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  18. yeah true i can see the crime fighter aspect of it, especially to get him from doing it to someone else. if they can find music pirates they should be able to track him down, i’m guessing. i actually have not a clue.

    Comment by lava | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  19. I would definitely want the dude stopped, and the creepy voyeur aspect of the video would make me want to get it removed from the internet. If it were a tape I consented for though–and I looked like Erin Andrews? My lawyers would be suing for the rights to market that jank.

    Comment by Chelsea - PETA Protector | July 25, 2009 | Reply

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