Suit Alleges Starwood Hotels Negligently Allowed Sexual Assault to Occur
by Marcus Castillo
On Monday attorney Gloria Allred filed suit in a New York federal court alleging that Starwood Hotel’s negligence lead to a sexual assault on a hotel guest in Helsinki, Finland. Her client, a former investment banker, claimed she was sexually assaulted after a hotel desk clerk gave a copy of her room key to a drunken fellow guest because he claimed to be her husband. In fact, she was travelling alone and no one else was registered to her room. She claims that she has often stayed at Starwood hotel locations and expected “a certain level of security” there. Her suit alleges that the hotel did not ask the assailant for any identification or proof that he was in fact her husband.