I tried really hard to ignore this story – I really did – but the siren song of an Erin Andrews story is impossible to resist. Also, I was attempting to uphold With Leather’s philosophy not to make light of other people’s problems, but here we are – as hard as we try, it is too difficult to overlook what occurred this weekend.
The sick, twisted prick that recorded Erin Andrews nude in her hotel room has been brought to justice. Michael David Barrett joins other nefarious individuals that the media insists on referring to with their full name (think Lee Harvey Oswald, John Wayne Gacy, Malcolm Jamal Warner) after getting arrested at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.
Michael David Barrett faces federal charges of interstate stalking for taking the videos, posting the videos online and trying to sell them to celebrity Web site TMZ, the FBI said in a statement. He’s scheduled to make an initial court appearance Saturday morning in U.S. District Court in Chicago.
The charges were filed in Los Angeles, where TMZ is based. Andrews is identified in the federal complaint as E.A.
Barrett, 48, was arrested after returning from a trip to Buffalo, N.Y., authorities said.
Seven of the eight videos posted online were taken through a modified door peephole while the 31-year-old Andrews was alone and undressed in hotel rooms in Nashville, Tenn., in September 2008. Investigators believe the eighth video was taken in a hotel in Milwaukee in July 2008. via.
Our friends at Deadspin have a copy of the full criminal complaint against Barrett, and as Tommy Craggs puts it, “It’s like a masturbator’s remake of The Conversation.” Heh.
Where do we go from here? Obviously, it is a great relief that a person has been arrested and, if the charges are legitimate and Barrett is found guilty, he will be forced to face whatever justice the courts decide to mete out, but are we as so-called internet troglodytes supposed to go back to how things were before the video surfaced? Or should we have learned our lesson and give Erin Andrews the respect and privacy she – and everyone else, for that matter – rightfully deserves?
Either way, I guess no matter how things turn out for Barrett, there will always be a contingent of mouth-breathers lurking in the commenting sections of blogs and on message boards demonstrating their wit by regaling us with statements like “I’ll give her a microphone to speak into! LOL!”
Of course, I’m not talking about the wonderful and sophisticated commenters here on With Leather. I expect far cruder, more tasteless, and better constructed proclamations out of you guys.