Hotel Guest Sues Hilton Worldwide for Invasion of Privacy and Extortion from Employee

A Chicago woman is suing hotel operator Hilton Worldwide for $100 million.
She claims a Hilton employee took nude footage of her via hidden camera without her consent and used it in an extortion attempt.

Her personal information that she provided to the hotel was also accessed and reportedly used to blackmail her and potentially damage her reputation.

According to the victim, the footage was taken during July 2015. She found out in September, when someone uploaded the video to a pornographic website and emailed her the link.

She claims in her lawsuit she was also threatened that her full name, school, and place of employment along with the video would be exposed unless she sent nude footage of herself.

Things escalated when the alleged extortionist began distributing the video to the woman's colleagues and threatened to send it wider when she refused to pay him $2,000 up front and $1,000 per month for the next year, according to the lawsuit.

Now, she's suing Hilton Worldwide, including its various franchise partners, for emotional distress, and she's accusing the company of negligence.

Her attorney, Roland Christiansen, claims there's footage from another guest from the same room.

Christiansen said, "We have reason to believe there is a significant amount of others and that this room my client stayed in was used repeatedly to film people over an extended period of time."

A spokesperson for Hampton Inn and Suites Albany-Downtown said the hotel plans to work with the authorities to discover the perpetrator and see that s/he is held accountable.

Hilton Worldwide, the parent company of Hampton Inn, also responded in a statement to ABC News.

"On Monday, December 3rd we were alerted by ABC News to details of an alleged incident at the Hampton Inn and Suites Albany-Downtown in 2015," the statement said. "We take the safety and well being of our guests incredibly seriously, and find the details included in the civil filing distressing. We commit to supporting the independent ownership and management of the property as they investigate, respond, and cooperate with any law enforcement investigations."


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