Woman claims Albany hotel employee secretly filmed her in the shower
ALBANY, N.Y. (WRGB) - A woman is suing a downtown Albany hotel for $100 million after she claims one of its employees secretly filmed her in the shower and posted the video to more than a dozen pornographic sites.
"This is you, right?"
These are the words filling the first email the Chicago woman titled Jane Doe in this lawsuit received, on the last day of September this year. The words, followed by a link - video of the woman taking a shower from a stay, the lawsuit says, back in 2015 at the Hampton Inn.
"The video shows the plaintiff fully nude and is multiple minutes long," the file reads.
More emails came:
"I don't want to embarrass you, please reply," one read.
They continued over weeks.
"You have until midnight to send me something good," another email read. "Or I will post videos, your name, info everywhere. Then I send to people you know. You can enjoy being famous."
The woman's full name was posted with the shower video to at least 15 pornographic websites by the end of October.
The woman did not respond to any emails from the suspect, including one threatening her for thousands of dollars.
Now, "Jane Doe" is suing the suspect, who she believes was a hotel employee at the time of her stay, along with the whole Hilton corporation.
A spokesperson for the "shocked and stunned" Hampton Inn hotel said in part: "Recently, the hotel underwent a complete renovation. During that process, no recording devices of any kind were uncovered. We will continue to work with the authorities to discover the perpetrator."
Hilton released a statement, saying in part: "We take the safety and well-being of our guests incredibly seriously, and find the details included in the civil filing distressing."
An expert at Grey Castle Security says there are gadgets you can buy to prevent yourself from falling victim to this - like a lens detector.
"That will shine a light out in the light will refract off the cameras lens and shine back at you so it will appear as a small dot coming back at you and that's how you know there's a camera lens," Chris Lewis said.
He says you can find something like that online for a range of prices.
Again, she's suing these parties for negligence for $100 million.
We reached out to Albany Police who said there's no investigation on their end, but it would be a criminal investigation for unlawful surveillance if it were to be filed with them by the victim.