A jury recently awarded a plaintiff $44 million dollars in damages in her negligence lawsuit against an international hotel chain.
The woman was a guest at the hotel when she was sexually assaulted.
According to the allegations proven in the lawsuit, the woman was intoxicated, unable to walk, and lying on the ground outside the hotel.
The alleged perpetrator was standing next to her and told hotel staff, "She's with me." Staff obtained a wheelchair and took her to the perpetrator's room, where the woman was sexually assaulted for several hours.
The plaintiff alleges that hotel staff failed to make any attempt to determine if she had her own room at the hotel, although her identification was in her purse, or to examine the perpetrator's stated relationship with her.
According to the victim's attorneys, the staff's failure to "follow even the most basic procedure" of checking identification of registered guests constituted egregious negligence. "Hilton Hotels Hit with Record $44M Negligence Verdict for Facilitating a Sexual Assault of a Hotel Guest" www.prnewswire.com (Nov. 23, 2021).