UPDATE: Erin Andrews has authorized her attorneys to issue a statement. Read the statement here.
UPDATE 2: An arrest has been made. See here for details.
UPDATE 3: Erin Andrews has filed a lawsuit against several hotel chains regarding the peephole tape. Read details here.
On Thursday, the website NSFW POA (the site is NSFW, by the way) posted a video of a naked blond woman videotaped through a hotel peephole. The posting hinted that the naked woman could be a popular sports personality, who just happened to look like ESPN‘s Erin Andrews.
ESPN lawyers went in to high gear.
The video was quickly taken down after the blog’s owner, Doug Sheckler, got a strongly-phrased letter from ESPN attorney David Pahl:
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 at http://www.nsfwpoa.com/2009/07/hot-naked-blonde-who-looks-lot-like.html. 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.
Sheckler never indicated that the woman was indeed Erin Andrews, but ESPN’s lawyers are clearly taking absolutely no chances. It hasn’t surfaced on the internet again (yet) so, for now, you’ll have to rely on Mr. Skin.
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