Andrews' attorney, Marshall Grossman, says at least a dozen e-mails were sent to a media outlet threatening the Dancing with the Stars contestant. The first e-mails sent were sexual, but more recent messages were violent and threatened the 31-year-old journalist with murder and included details about location and method, her lawyer told the AP.
The messages also discuss the case of Michael David Barrett, who was sentenced to two-and-a-half years behind bars for secretly filming Andrews nude, her lawyer told the news agency. "He refers to Barrett in his e-mail in a way to make clear to us that situation had some influence," Grossman told the AP, noting that the man did not appear to be connected to Barrett.
The e-mails were sent to sports radio's The Dan Patrick Show starting last fall, People reports.
The FBI has been notified and the man's identity is known to law enforcement, Grossman told the AP.
Andrews is not yet seeking a restraining order. However, private security has been hired to protect Andrews and her family and she has requested that ABC heighten security on Dancing with the Stars.
Andrews has no plan of leaving the show, which kicked off its tenth season two weeks ago. "She's not the type to be easily threatened," Grossman told the AP. "She has every intention to meet her obligations."
Calls and e-mails to Grossman were not immediately returned.