ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews says despite receiving death threats through email from a still unidentified man in Newport News, Virginia, she and pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy plan to continue battling for a shot at the Golden Disco Ball on the 10th season of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.
News of the death threats was just the latest drama for the stunning sports buff, who was scarred by shame when a pervy Peeping Tom used hotel peepholes to videotape Andrews in the nude and later posted the footage online. In March, Michael David Barrett – who shot the peephole tapes – was sentenced to 30 months behind bars.
Though the anonymous person has reportedly tried to establish that the death threat has some link with the Michael David Barrett case, the attorney has reportedly said that no connection between the two has been established. According to reports the emails had started coming to The Dan Patrick Show — where Erin is a contributor — since last September. While at first the messages were sexual, recently the emails have become all the more violent, threatening to kill the reporter.
The FBI is investigating, and for Andrews, the show will go on.
“I’m glad I’m here. I have a dance on Monday and I don’t want to let [partner] Maks [Chmerkovskiy] down, I don’t want to let my family down, and I don’t want to let myself down,” the ESPN correspondent told PEOPLE Sunday. “I’m not going to stop living my life.”
“I don’t quit on things. It’s not an option for me,” she added.
Maks and Erin will hit the ballroom floor with a waltz on Monday’s DWTS.