Blame ESPN

Had it not been for ESPN, a five month old video of reporter Erin Andrews shot by a pervert through a peephole in her hotel room would have disappeared into the ether with other anonymous amateur footage. The video first went up in February on an obscure website and made no mention of any names or linked it to Erin, but Page Six says ESPN had to screw everything up by sending a cease and desist. Even worse, the current consensus is it was an ESPN staffer or someone familiar with her schedule that did the taping.

Last Thursday,, which had linked to the Andrews shots, got a letter from ESPN counsel David Pahl demanding the “pictures of a young, blonde woman” be removed. It didn’t take long for Web sites to identify the blonde as Andrews — and her lawyer soon confirmed it. ESPN rep Chris LaPlaca refused to admit the network had outed its own employee with its legal letter, but told us, “Any action we have or will undertake in this matter is in concert with Erin and her team.”

On an unrelated note, there’s this charity I donated a lot of money anonymously too. I don’t want to mention the name because I don’t want people making a fuss over it. Oh, okay. If you insist on knowing, it was the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. But don’t tell anyone. It’s not a big deal. I donate anonymously all the time because I care, not because I want the attention. The Make-A-Wish foundation and The American Red Cross know this is the truth. I give money to them too!

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