Man accused of secretly taping ESPN reporter due in court

Michael Barrett, accused of secretly making nude videos of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews (shown right in a photo arriving at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles), leaves after his appearance in federal court in Los Angeles Friday, Nov. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

November 23, 2009 8:31:26 AM PST
An Illinois insurance executive accused of secretly making nude videos of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews is scheduled for arraignment in a Los Angeles federal courtroom. Michael Barrett is set to be arraigned Monday on 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 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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