There is a big story making the rounds that ESPN star(let) Erin Andrews had an unauthorized video reportedly taken through a peep-hole in her hotel room.
The original video was placed on a mature celeb peep-style sleeze web page, but was soon taken down after ESPN’s lawyers sent this threatening letter to the site:
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.
It now appears that this Erin Andrews Peep Hole video may be authentic as her lawyer has released the following statement:
“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.”
The only problem is that, while the Erin Andrews Peep Hole video was indeed taken down, Google Cache kept a copy of it and it is now making the rounds, so round up the usual suspects.