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"DWTS" Contestant Erin Andrews Gets Death Threats

April 5, 2010 Erin Andrews, Dan Patrick

"Dancing with the Stars" contestant and ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews has learned that her life is being threatened. The menacing letters were sent to DirecTV's "The Dan Patrick Show" since September but Andrews has only been informed about them recently.

The messages allegedly started as sexual but it became violent beginning March 14.

According to TMZ, Andrews, 31, is outraged at the network for hiding the letters from her. DirecTV apparently only notified her lawyer, Marshall Grossman, last week, even though the first email was sent on September 16, 2009.

One of the letters read: "I hope she gets shot in the face. I would love to see if she can dance away from a hail of gunfire. That would really make my day."

Grossman told the website that they have notified the FBI as soon as they have learned of the sick emails. Although he did not disclose the name of the suspect, he says the FBI already knows his identity.

He said, "Erin and her family are protected. It is unfortunate that there are sick people who prey on the fears and threaten the well being of others. Erin is not alone among those who have to deal with such predators."

Meanwhile, the security at ABC's "DWTS" has been beefed up to better protect Andrews.

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