CHICAGO -- A man accused of taping surreptitious nude videos
of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews while she was alone in hotel rooms
appeared in federal court Saturday and was ordered returned to
Michael David Barrett made an initial appearance before U.S.
Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys, who ordered him returned to Los
Angeles, where charges against him were filed. Keys set another
hearing for Monday to determine if Barrett will be freed on bond to
return or must go in custody.
Barrett, 48, was arrested Friday night at O'Hare airport as he
arrived 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
Several TV networks and newspapers had aired brief clips or
printed screen grabs from the videos of Andrews in July.
Defense attorney Rick Beuke told reporters after court that he
had known Barrett for about 10 years and never known him to be in
"I don't think he's even had a traffic ticket," Beuke said.
"He's as regular a guy as you'll ever meet -- a great friend. I
must have calls from 30 people wanting to know what they could do
Beuke said he did not discuss the particulars of the charge when
he met briefly with Barrett on Saturday morning in court. He said
he would study the complaint and try to visit Barrett at the
government's Metropolitan Correctional Center where he is being
held over the weekend on Sunday.
Andrews, 31, has covered hockey, college football, college
basketball and Major League Baseball for ESPN since 2004, often as
a sideline reporter during games.
She was scheduled to work the Auburn-Tennessee game Saturday
night in Knoxville, Tenn.
"This is clearly welcome news," ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said of the arrest. "Our thoughts and support continue to be with Erin, who has demonstrated tremendous strength and determination."
Andrews thanked FBI agents and federal prosecutors for their work
and said she hoped the case will eventually help others.
"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," Andrews said in a statement early Saturday.
Andrews' attorney, Marshall Grossman, said Friday night that the
videos appeared to have been taped by a serial stalker who followed
Andrews from city to city.
"He wasn't an accidental tourist," he said. "He had her in
FBI agents said seven of the eight videos posted online were
taken through a modified door peephole while Andrews was alone and
undressed in hotel rooms in Nashville, Tenn., in September 2008.
Agents said they believe Barrett called many hotels to find out
where Andrews was staying and requested a hotel room next to hers.
Investigators said the eighth video was likely taken at another
hotel, which Andrews couldn't identify.
FBI agents said Barrett also made reservations at a Milwaukee
hotel where Andrews stayed in July 2008. They found her door's
peephole similarly rigged, but he didn't check in at that hotel and
the furniture in the room did not match furniture seen on the
Asked how Barrett had gotten interested in Andrews if the
allegations are true, or how he allegedly managed to get hotel
rooms adjacent to Andrews, Beuke said: "I assume it's not true. But we'll know more on
Chicago FBI spokesman Ross Rice said he did not know how Barrett
allegedly became interested in Andrews. Asked how he had managed to
get rooms next to hers, if he did, Rice said Barrett asked. As for
why the hotels would give him those rooms, he said the hotels would
have to address that.
Barrett tried to sell the videos to TMZ, but an employee there
informed Andrews' attorneys, according to the complaint.
FBI agents matched information in the e-mail to Barrett, and
also examined telephone records and credit card charges from
Barrett's Nashville hotel stay. Agents also concluded that the
videos of Andrews were likely recorded from a cell phone camera.
According to the federal complaint, Barrett is alleged to have sought to place Andrews under surveillance to harass and intimidate her, and to cause substantial emotional distress. He faces up to five years in federal prison if convicted.
Messages left at a phone listing for a Michael D. Barrett in
Westmont, Ill., weren't immediately returned. Barrett's father,
Frank Barrett, 78, of Milwaukie, Ore., a suburb of Portland, said
he hadn't yet been able to speak to his son but said the arrest
came as a shock and the situation "does not match the Mike I
"He's always been an upstanding, hardworking guy," Frank
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.
Grossman has said Andrews plans to file civil lawsuits against
the person who shot the video footage and anyone who publishes the
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.