Associated Press Release
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey woman says she was mistaken for a prostitute at a Miami Beach hotel, but that wasn't the worst of it.
Anna Burgese says in a federal lawsuit a group of women she believes were prostitutes attacked her in the lobby of South Beach's W Hotel in January.
She says the women thought she was a competitor infringing on their territory. Burgese says she was slammed into a wall and thrown to the ground, and the hotel staff let the assailants get away.
The lawsuit filed Friday in New Jersey accuses the hotel of negligence, saying it offered a "prostitute-friendly environment."
Burgese's attorney says Burgese and her husband, a homebuilder, are seeking "sizeable" damages.
A spokesman for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide says the company regrets the incident but declined to comment on the suit.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.