Erin Andrews, Court Appearance

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Erin Andrews' stalker cannot avoid paying up. 

After being awarded $55 million in a civil lawsuit in March, the broadcaster was granted a motion to prevent Michael David Barrett from avoiding his part of the payment. 

According to court documents obtained by E! News, Judge Trish Brown of the Oregon bankruptcy court ruled that any financial damages awarded to Andrews are "non-dischargeable," meaning they cannot be avoided by declaring bankruptcy. 

Barrett pleaded guilty in 2009 to videotaping her through her hotel room's peephole and posting a video online of her naked while changing clothes—a clip that later accumulated millions of views. 

He was subsequently sentenced to two and a half years in prison, three years of probation and thousands of dollars in fines and restitution for interstate stalking. He was released from prison in July 2012 and filed for bankruptcy the same year. 

Erin Andrews

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Four months ago, Barrett was ordered to pay 51 percent of the $55 million awarded to the 38-year-old, amounting to a roughly $28 million payout. 

West End Hotel Partners, which owns and operates the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University where the videotaping took place, was found 49 percent at fault and ordered to pay out more than $26 million. Andrews' attorneys later argued that each defendant should be ordered to pay $55 million.

"This court should issue a judgment against each defendant for $55 million, or at the very least, invite briefing from all parties on the matter before entering a final judgment," the court filing stated, according to The Tennessean. Andrews and the hotel reached a settlement a month later, though the terms of the settlement remain confidential.

While she is legally slated for compensation, this video is not something Erin believes will ever go away. 

"I'll always have to go get treatment for this. I'll always need to talk to somebody about this because this will always be on the internet. This will always be there. There will always be a reminder, every single day," she stated on the stand. 

"The thing that really hits home for me and hurts me the worst is when girls—high school, college—they tweet me and say, 'I want to be Erin Andrews except for the Marriott stalker thing' and I can't control that and that's every day. That doesn't get better."

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