VIRGINIA: A Chicago woman is suing Hilton Worldwide for $100 million, the equivalent of around R1.4 billion, claiming that she was filmed in the shower during her stay at one of its hotels in Albany, New York. And later tried to blackmail her after posting the video to more than a dozen pornographic websites.
The lawsuit, filed in Virginia, where Hilton Worldwide is based, claims that the woman initially had no knowledge that her privacy was invaded until September of this year, when the self-described “perv” reached out and informed her of his actions.
The woman was a guest at a Hampton Inn and Suites hotel in Albany, the capital of New York state, in July 2015 while taking a bar exam after graduating from law school.She was recorded, fully nude, while taking a shower by a hidden video camera, the 19-page lawsuit claims.
In the lawsuit, Doe said that she then received several more emails from the person, who threatened to expose the video and her identity unless she sent nude videos of herself to them.
The extortionist then demanded an immediate hush payment of $2,000 followed by $1,000 a month for a year, the lawsuit claims, also alleging that other people were recorded in the same room at the same Hampton Inn.
'We take the safety and wellbeing of our guests incredibly seriously, and find the details included in the civil filing distressing,' said a spokesperson for Hilton, the parent company of Hampton Inn.
'We commit to supporting the independent ownership and management of the property as they investigate, respond and cooperate with any law enforcement investigations,' the statement added.