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Erin Andrews: "DWTS" Helped Me Deal with Threats

Erin Andrews said that competing on "Dancing with the Stars" helped distract her from the recent death threats made against her, according to an interview with Sports Illustrated posted Monday on the magazine's Web site.

"When this happened, I thought, 'Thank goodness I'm here and around all these people,' because I don't have time to sit and cry about it," she said. "I have to be in the dance studio, in front of a camera. I have to get my routine done and ready to go. It's good for me to be busy and it's good for me to be around a group of people who are used to being in the public eye because they know how you're feeling, which is nice."

The ESPN reporter added that the death threats brought back "a lot of different emotions" stemming from Andrews being secretly taped in the nude by Michael David Barrett, who was sentenced to 2½ years in prison in March for making and posting the videos on the Internet.

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"I'm not going to lie and say that it didn't bring everything back that I had to deal with last summer," she said. "…But it just puts me back in the spotlight and makes me an example of how stalking is for real and it needs to be taken seriously."

Andrews also talked about her fellow cast members, calling Olympian Evan Lysacek her "best friend" and saying that Pam Anderson sent her a "fabulous" e-mail after news of the death threats surfaced. Football player Chad Ochocinco, she added, is never seen without his phone.

But despite the fun she's having on "Dancing," Andrews said that focusing on this competition made her miss out on another one: March Madness.

"I'm obsessed with sports. I miss it a lot right now. I feel like I was cheated out of March Madness because I didn't get to see any of it. I was walking up and down the press line last Monday asking, 'Does anyone have a Duke score?' Nobody knew what I was talking about. This is such a different world for me."

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