The defense is striking back against Erin Andrews' $75 million lawsuit against the Nashville Marriott.
Earlier this week, the sports broadcaster testified that the hotel could have prevented Michael Barrett from being able to film her in the nude.
In response, the hotel's attorneys are saying it was a freak occurrence that couldn't have been nipped in the bud as the staff handled the situation according to protocol.
On Wednesday, defense witness Stephen Barth — a professor of hospitality law at Houston's Conrad N. Hilton College — took the stand. He testified:
"It's my opinion that the [Nashville] Marriott met or exceeded its duty of care to Ms. Andrews on the day this incident occurred."
Related: Andrews' Peephole Video Reportedly Mocked By Marriott Rep
Later in the testimony Barth compared the peephole videos to bed bugs:
"It's impossible to guarantee no bed bugs, no matter how many times a bed is cleaned or how often rooms are inspected."
Uhh… Not so sure that's the best comparison to someone being violated in the privacy of their hotel room…
Barth continued by saying that the presence of security cameras would not have deterred Barrett who acted irrationally without regard for consequences:
"Mr Barrett was anything but that. He was not going to be thwarted."
The defense also called the Regional Vice President of Windsor Capitol Group Herman Turk to the stand, who said the hotel scored 100 percent on its undercover security assessment examination in June 2008, three months before Andrews' stay.
On top of it all, the front desk clerk Jacqueline Demen who checked Barrett into the hotel said that she would've never given our any information regarding Andrews because that is against hotel policy:
"It doesn't matter if I don't remember the stay or not, I wouldn't have given that out. That's basic."
Woof. This has got to be a tough pill for the Dancing With The Stars host to handle…
We'll keep you updated as the case progresses.
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