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LOS ANGELES-- Death threats have been made against ESPN reporter and "Dancing with the Stars" contestant Erin Andrews, according to her attorney.

"As soon as we learned of them the FBI was notified. They are on the case," Attorney Marshall Grossman said in a statement. "Erin and her family are protected," Grossman continued, "It is unfortunate that there are sick people who prey on the fears and threaten the well being of others."

According to celebrity news outlet TMZ.com, a person from Newport News, VA sent emails to sports-talk program,"The Dan Patrick Show."

The emails, which TMZ says began in September 2009, were initially sexual in nature, but became increasingly violent starting in March 2010.

Two of the emails allegedly read, "Somebody should shoot her in the face" and, "I'm one in a million. She'll never see me coming."

The FBI has confirmed they are working on the case and security has been tightened on the "Dancing with the Stars" set.

Last month, Michael David Barrett, 48, of Illinois was sentenced to 30 months in prison for stalking Andrews and secretly filming nude footage of her from a peephole in her hotel room.