A woman in the United States has filed a $100 million lawsuit against Hilton Worldwide, alleging that a hotel worker filmer her nude in the shower without her knowledge and then tried to blackmail her, posting the footage to multiple pornographic websites.
The woman, who is from Chicago and identified in court documents only as Jane Doe, is a recent law school graduate when she came to stay at a Hampton Inn and Suites property located in Albany, New York. Her lawsuit says that a hotel worker put a secret camera in her bathroom to capture the footage.
The woman has communicated with the media via statements from her attorney, saying: “When you enter a hotel room, you have an expectation of privacy and safety. In my case, both of these things were stolen from me. What happened to me is an incredible violation and should be treated as a sex crime.”
She first became aware that she had been filmed in the nude in September after the footage was put on pornographic websites with her full name. She found out after getting emails demanding more images of her, her lawsuit says. One email asked her for another show in exchange for taking the footage off of the internet.
When the woman did not comply with the threats, the video was posted on more sites. When she still did not respond, it was sent to her people she knew, including colleagues and former classmates, according to the lawsuit. The sender also knew where she’d gone to school, where she worked and that she had taken the bar exam.
The woman is suing both the hotel in Albany and its parent company Hilton Worldwide. A spokesman for Hilton Hotels said earlier this week that the company was aware of the allegations. The Albany Hampton Inn, where the filming allegedly took place, also responded saying management was shocked before emphasising that guest security was a top priority.
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