Hilton Hotels Hit with Record $44M Negligence Verdict for Facilitating a Sexual Assault of a Hotel Guest

HoustonAnd November 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ – A Harris County The jury is back $44 million Judgment against Hilton Management LLC after it was discovered that hotel staff placed an unconscious and weak guest in the wrong room, resulting in sexual assault on her.

Lawyers from Blizzard Law collaborated with trial attorneys Michelle Simpson Twiggle To represent a rape survivor Kathleen Dawson In the lawsuit against Hilton Management LLC and its accused attacker, Larry Colorswho was an associate of Mrs. Dawson at the time of the assault.

Video – Click to listen Ed Blizzard Discuss the issue.

The jurors agreed that Hilton’s negligence played an important role in March 2017 Incident awarded Mrs. Dawson $44 million For medical expenses, loss of earning capacity and psychological suffering. The jury also found that Mr. Clores had sexually assaulted Mrs. Dawson. It is believed to be the largest negligent judgment in a sexual assault case against a major hotel.

“Watching how a meeting can change a woman’s life forever is terrifying,” said the lawyer. Ed Blizzard. “These jurors understood the crippling impact this event had on Mrs. Dawson and brought back the largest known verdict of a sexual assault victim against a major hotel group. This verdict sends a clear message to hotels that they must treat all their guests, especially the vulnerable, with respect, care and dignity.”

According to court testimony, a woman was passing by the Hilton Americas-Houston downtown Houston She called 911 when she saw a man with his pants open and unzipped standing over a helpless woman lying on the floor. Police arrived and hotel staff brought a wheelchair to transport Mrs. Dawson, who was drunk and unable to communicate or walk.

Although Mrs. Dawson had an ID in her bag, security staff failed to determine that she was, in fact, a guest with a room registered to her name. The staff also failed to discredit Mr. Clore’s claim that she was “with me”.

Jurors at the trial watched a Hilton security video showing Mrs. Dawson being ushered by Hilton security and police into Mr. Clore’s room. Mrs. Dawson woke up to being sexually assaulted in the early hours of the morning.

“There are major room policies in place to prevent this very thing, but Hilton failed to follow even the simplest procedure that anyone who has ever stayed in a hotel has gone through: verifying the identity of the registered guest,” he said, Anna GreenbergMs. Dawson’s attorney. Even worse, Hilton blamed the victim and sided with the alleged rapist, despite a wealth of video and physical evidence supporting the assault.

Concluding her speech, Ms. Tuegel said, “Hilton Hotels, a company with security officers, policies and resources, a company that Kathleen had paid for a safe place to lay her head at night, set the stage for Kathleen’s sexual assault as she entered, like a doll in a wheelchair at Hilton, Not to the room that I registered and paid for, but to the room of the rapist.”

the case Kathleen Ann Dawson Opposite Hilton Management LLC and Larry Joe Colors Jr.And Reason No. 2018-84453 in 189NS District Judicial Court in Harris County.

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