Insurance Agent Accused of Peeping Pleads Not Guilty

November 24, 2009

An Illinois insurance executive accused of secretly making nude videos of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews pled not guilty during his arraignment in a Los Angeles federal courtroom on Monday.

Michael Barrett is charged with one count of interstate stalking.

The 48-year-old Barrett is free after posting a higher-than-expected bond Friday of $100,000. Judge U.S. Magistrate
Judge Carolyn Turchin set the amount after Andrews’ attorney called Barrett’s alleged behavior calculated, cunning and secretive and said he posed a threat to the public.

Prosecutors say Barrett found hotels in Columbus, Ohio, and other cities where Andrews was staying three times last year. They say he rented an adjacent room, altered the peephole and shot videos of Andrews.

Barrett’s attorney has said his client has no criminal record and has deep regret for the circumstances that have prompted the charges.

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