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Lawyer: Andrews threatened in e-mails

LOS ANGELES -- Erin Andrews has been getting death threats
in a stream of e-mails to a media outlet, an attorney for the ESPN
reporter and "Dancing with the Stars" contestant said Friday.

Attorney Marshall Grossman said that a man had sent at least a
dozen e-mails since September threatening Andrews.

DirecTV provided
them to Andrews' representatives Thursday, but it was not
immediately clear to whom the e-mails were addressed.

The e-mails were at first sexual, but the most recent were
explicitly violent and "threatened Erin with murder," Grossman
said. They also had details about location and method.

The messages discuss the case of Michael David Barrett, who was
sentenced last month to 2½ years in federal prison for secretly
shooting nude videos of the ESPN reporter.

"He refers to Barrett in his e-mail in a way to make clear to
us that situation had some influence," Grossman said, but added
that the man appeared to have no ties to Barrett.

The FBI has been notified, Grossman said. He said the man's
identity is known to law enforcement and is believed to live on the
East Coast. An e-mail message left for an FBI spokeswoman was not
immediately returned.

Andrews is not yet seeking a restraining order but has asked ABC
to beef up its security on "Dancing with the Stars," Grossman
said.

Private security also has been hired to protect Andrews and her
family.

Andrews has no plans of quitting the show.

"She's not the type to be easily threatened," Grossman said.
"She has every intention to meet her obligations."