A representative for the ownership group of the Marriott Nashville at Vanderbilt admitted that the Erin Andrews peephole video at the center of her lawsuit was played at his dinner table Tuesday night, but denied being the one who played it.
WSMV reported, citing a restaurant employee, that BetaWest senior vice president Neal Peskind, who’s representing West End Hotel Partners in the ongoing civil trial between Andrews and the Nashville hotel, played the video on his phone while at a Nashville restaurant with his two friends.
When asked about it today, Peskind said that the claim of him showing the video was “incorrect”:
Later, Peskind said in a statement that his friends played the video, and he asked them to stop. Via WSMV:
I was at a private dinner meeting with friends. They brought up the allegations and they started viewing the video. I asked them to stop, and while they did so, it was not as quickly as I had hoped. This incident has been blown into something it was not. I would never disrespect Ms. Andrews and what she has been through. This is a very unfortunate situation that should not be a reflection on West End Hotel Partners or to our commitment to the issues in this case surrounding what happened to her. I sincerely apologize for my participation in what happened.
On Monday, Peskind testified that his ownership group should not be liable for the Marriott giving out Andrews’s room number and putting her stalker in an adjacent room because the hotel employees were hired by an independent contractor.