A Chicago woman is suing Hilton for $100 million after claiming she was unknowingly filmed showering at a Hampton Inn and Suites — and then blackmailed by the person who took the footage. The incident happened at a Hampton Inn and Suites in Albany, New York in 2015. The lawsuit, filed in Virginia, where Hilton Worldwide is based, claims that the woman initially had no knowledge that her privacy was invaded until September of this year when the blackmailer reached out and informed her of his actions.
“It was like I had been hit by a truck. It just knocked the wind out of me,” said the woman, whose identity has not been revealed. According to the legal case, the woman, from Chicago, received an email from the blackmailer on September 30, containing a link to the footage that had been posted to a pornographic website. Her name was also shared on the site.
The person then demanded $2,000 immediately and $1,000 per month for a year to make them stop, according to the suit filed last week. The woman is suing the owner of the Albany hotel as well as Hilton Worldwide, the chain’s parent company.
“We take the safety and wellbeing 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 co-operate with any law enforcement investigations,” the Hilton spokesperson said in a statement.