Woman sued Hilton because an employee would have recorded a video of her naked in the shower
A woman filed a $ 100 million lawsuit against Hilton Worldwide, alleging that an employee of the Hampton Inn and Suites hotel in Albany, New York, secretly recorded her while ...
(CNN) - A woman filed a $ 100 million lawsuit against Hilton Worldwide, alleging that a hotel employee secretly recorded her while naked in the shower and tried to blackmail her after posting the video on more than a dozen sites. pornographic web
According to the lawsuit, the woman of Chicago, identified in judicial documents only as "Jane Doe" - as is usually named unknown persons or whose identity is being concealed intentionally, had just graduated from law school in 2015 and was staying at a Hampton Inn and Suites hotel in Albany, New York, to sit for the New York Bar exam-as it is known by the law school's examination of a jurisdiction that every lawyer must pass before being tested. admitted to the collectivity of a jurisdiction-, when it was registered by a hidden camera in the bathroom of his room.
"When you enter a hotel room, you expect privacy and security, in my case, these two things were stolen, what happened to me is an incredible violation and should be treated as a sexual crime," the woman said in a statement to through your lawyer.
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The woman was not aware that it had been recorded until September, when the images were uploaded to a pornographic website with her full name and she began to receive emails from someone who demanded more images, according to the lawsuit.
"Promise me my own private show, that would be the hottest thing, you do not need to show your face, then I disappear and delete the video forever before it is copied on all the websites," said the author of the crime, according to the demand.
The unidentified sender knew what school he attended, what his workplace was and that he had taken the Bar exam, the lawsuit says.
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After the woman did not respond to the threats, the video was published on more pornographic sites and, a week later, the video was sent to her friends, colleagues and ex-classmates, the lawsuit states.
The person then demanded the woman $ 2,000 immediately and $ 1,000 per month for a year to eliminate the videos, according to the lawsuit filed last week.
The woman did not give in to the demands and says that the video is still regularly published on pornographic websites with her full name.
The woman is suing the hotel owner of Albany, as well as Hilton Worldwide, the parent company of the chain. She believes that the person who sent her an email was an employee who could have obtained her name, contact information and more personal information from the hotel database, the lawsuit says.
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A spokesman for Hilton Hotels said the company was aware of the allegations on Monday.
"We take the safety and well-being of our guests in an incredibly serious way, and we believe that the details included in the civil presentation are worrisome," Hilton's spokesman said in a statement.
In the lawsuit, the woman and her lawyer said that they have since found out about other people who were filmed in the hotel room and noticed the recordings in a similar way.
A statement from the Albany Hampton Inn, where the alleged recording was made, said the hotel administration was "shocked and stunned" by the allegations presented in the lawsuit, noting that guest safety is the hotel's top priority.
"Until now, no evidence of any kind has been found during our initial review of the situation," the statement said, adding that no recording devices were discovered during a recent renovation.
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"This lawsuit is a wake-up call," said the woman's lawyer, Roland Christensen. "Hoteliers need to recognize the threat of digital voyeurism and must establish policies to protect their guests from such a heinous violation."
Christensen said the woman has reported the videos to the police. However, Albany police spokesman Steve Smith said the department became aware of the case on Tuesday because of media calls. No reports have been made locally, Smith said, and the department has not received any questions from state or federal enforcement agencies.
Evan Simko-Bednarski, Joe Sutton and Drew Iden of CNN contributed to this report.