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Erin Andrews’ Stalker Accused Again

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (CN) - The man who stalked sportscaster Erin Andrews and posted nude photos of her on the Internet did the same thing to a woman he supervised at the Combined Insurance Company of America, the woman claims in Federal Court. The insurance manager claims that Michael Barrett videotaped her naked through peepholes of hotel rooms during training conferences, and that the FBI informed her of it in May this year. She says the videos the FBI showed her made her want to vomit.

"In May of 2010, plaintiff met with the FBI, who showed the plaintiff two videos, one of which plaintiff identified as being her, unclothed, and putting on her make-up in her hotel room," the complaint states. "Plaintiff was immediately sickened with the need to vomit and could not control her crying at the site of the videos."

Barrett, who is serving 2-½-year sentence for shooting nude videos of Andrews, made the videos of the plaintiff branch manager on a company-issued cell phone, according to the complaint. And she says the "defendants knew or had reasonable grounds to know that Barrett was making these videos with his company-issued cell phone and emailing them to recipients in Europe."

And she claims that "Barrett sold the unclothed videos of plaintiff in Europe for distribution on the worldwide web."

She says Barrett supervised her for several years and traveled to training events with her.

"Plaintiff began noticing on or about July/August of 2007 that she was being booked hotel rooms without any roommates while on business trips for Combined away from all the other sales team members who were placed in a separate section of the hotels," the complaint states.

She adds that she could not continue working for Combined when she found out about the videos. Barrett was her direct supervisor, as executive administrator over the Life Health Division at the insurance company, according to the complaint.

She charges Barrett, Combined Insurance and AON Insurance Management Services with sexual harassment, negligence, constructive discharge, outrageous conduct and invasion of privacy.

She is represented by Russell Egli.

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