After swearing vengeance on her nude-tape perpetrator during an August appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the ESPN star is celebrating the arrest of 47-year-old Michael David Barrett—the man the FBI says was behind her voyeuristic video.
Barrett, an Illinois-based insurance executive, was arrested Friday on a charge of interstate stalking for allegedly surreptitiously shooting a naked Andrews parading around her hotel room and then trying to sell the tape. He made a brief court appearance in Chicago today, and a federal magistrate ordered him sent back to Los Angeles, where the charges were filed.
In a statement earlier Saturday, Andrews gave thanks to "ESPN for its support during this difficult time" and vowed to become the poster girl against such crimes.
"I hope that today's action will help the countless others who have been similarly victimized...I will make every effort to strengthen the laws on a state and federal level to better protect victims of criminal stalking. I am also grateful to those who have expressed their concerns and good wishes for my family and me."
Her lawyers said that the arrest "is a welcome step in bringing this investigation to a successful close...It is now clear that she was the victim of stalking and invasion of privacy at more than one location. She was not a random victim. She was targeted and violated."
Barrett is due back in U.S. District Court in Chicago Monday to determine whether he will be eligible for bail or must remain in custody until an L.A. hearing date.
(Originally published Oct. 3, 2009, at 9:18 a.m. PT)
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