An employee at Manhattan's Jane Hotel used a master key to sneak into a guest's room as she slept and rape her, according to court documents filed Monday.
The woman, a 39-year-old artist from Honolulu, had been traveling to Spain and spent her one-night layover at the Jane on June 3rd, 2018, according to the NY Post. Her attorney, Shanin Specter, told Gothamist that she talked with the employee in the hotel restaurant earlier in the evening, but did not consent to his entry into her room after she went to bed. According to court documents, he "battered and assaulted" the woman, raping her after he gained entry.
The complaint alleges that the Jane Hotel hired staff "who were careless, unskillful, negligent, reckless, and acted in a willful and wanton manner, and who had previously committed, and/or had the propensity to commit, sexual attacks, sexual assaults, assaults, batteries, and/or rapes." (Specter could not confirm whether or not the worker had a criminal record.) As a result, the woman has suffered "serious personal injuries, emotional distress, conscious pain ..., nightmares, insomnia, mental anguish, and/or physical manifestations thereof," all of which have created ongoing medical expenses, on top of the emotional trauma. She now seeks unspecified compensatory damages, to be determined by a jury.
"Being sexually assaulted while asleep in your hotel room is everyone's nightmare," Specter said. "We hope this case will result in greater security precautions."
Reached Tuesday morning, a spokesperson for the Jane Hotel declined to comment. An NYPD spokesperson told Gothamist that the woman filed a police report, stating that "she woke in her hotel room to find a man touching her sexually, in an inappropriate manner," and that "she recognized him as an employee." No arrests were made, and the investigation, which the NYPD classified as rape, remains open.