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Erin Andrews' father testifies in lawsuit against Vanderbilt Marriott

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Erin Andrews appears in the courtroom on Tuesday, Feb. 23. (WSMV) Erin Andrews appears in the courtroom on Tuesday, Feb. 23. (WSMV)

Sports reporter Erin Andrews was back in court as part of her $75 million lawsuit against the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University.

On Wednesday morning, attorneys called on industry experts to discuss security issues at the hotel.

The first witness to testify on Andrews' behalf was Fred Del Marva, who has a long history in the hospitality industry, most notably as a self-described expert in hotel security and standards of care.

He told the jury the Vanderbilt Marriott had inadequate security staffing the weekend Michael Barrett took the peephole video, explaining the hotel should have had at least two security guards monitoring the floors.

Barrett pleaded guilty to stalking and served 30 months in prison for cutting out the peephole and videotaping her naked.

Del Marva said the hotel only had one guard working that weekend and that guard had other duties besides watching over hotel security.

He also spoke about standard procedure when it comes to providing a hotel guest information about a completely unrelated guest's room number.

"It's something that's not done in the industry. It's something that was never done in the industry by reasonable and prudent operators and it would be negligence on the part of the hotel to do so," Del Marva testified.

The attorney for the Vanderbilt Marriott asked Del Marva just two questions: Had he ever heard of a hotel guest removing a peephole to spy on another guest and had he heard of the Erin Andrews incident before he was asked to testify.

Del Marva answered no to both questions.

Steve Andrews, Erin Andrews’ father, took the stand Wednesday and said he feared for his daughter’s life after learning she had a stalker and private images were being circulated online.

Erin Andrews could not hold back tears as her father, a television reporter, described their close relationship.

“We are very, very close,” Steve Andrews said. “We pretty much tell each other everything and we love each other.”

He narrated through a series of childhood photos and cherished milestones of Erin Andrews before explaining how she changed forever.

“She kept screaming, ‘I’m on the internet, I’m on the internet. I’m naked and we got to get it down.’ She is screaming,” Steve Andrews said.

Steve Andrews said his daughter was devastated to learn a stranger secretly recorded videos of her naked in her hotel room.

“My first thought was there is a stalker out there and he is going to kill her. I was terrified for her safety,” he said.

It's unclear whether or not Erin Andrews will be taking the stand during these proceedings.

On Tuesday, the court heard opening arguments from Erin Andrews' lawyer, Randy Kinnard, who claims Marriott employees ignored red flags and violated safety procedures by putting Barrett in the room next to Erin Andrews when he made that request.

The hotel's attorney claims Barrett's plan was calculated and thought out and he took advantage of employees simply trying to provide a room to a guest.

Two former Marriott employees testified on Tuesday. One of them is former reservations agent who testified that it was acceptable to give out someone's room number to other guests, but another former local Marriott employee said they were told they could not give out that information.

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