A woman who claims she was brutally beaten and left for dead has sued a Dominican Republic resort for $3 million dollars.
The New York Daily News reports that Tammy Lawrence-Daley, 51, of Delaware, has filed a lawsuit against the Majestic Elegance Punta Cana. In a press release obtained by the newspaper, her lawyers said Lawrence-Daley was seeing for “justice” and “accountability” from the resort.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Lawrence-Daley shared her story along with graphic pictures from the alleged assault, which she said took place in January after she had left her room alone to get a late-night snack.
Lawrence-Daley said that she was ambushed by a man appearing to wear a hotel uniform. She was “captured, dragged into a maintenance closet, brutally beaten, assaulted, strangled and left for dead in a drainage area,” the lawsuit reportedly says, according to the Daily News report.
“A large monetary judgment is a strong message to the Majestic Elegance Punta Cana Resort, and the resort industry as a whole, that it must do better to screen employees and to safeguard its invited guests from criminal activity,” Lawrence-Daley’s lawyers reportedly wrote in a press release.
“When the resorts are forced to realize that the cost of extra security is less than the cost of paying large judgments to criminally victimized guests, change will be swift and far reaching.”
Lawrence-Daley reportedly said her husband could not recognize her after she was eventually found hours after the attack. The lawsuit claims that she suffered “permanent disfigurement, nerve damage and mental anguish.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the resort claimed that Lawrence-Daley had asked for $2.2 million in compensation from the resort before going public in May.
Several resorts in the popular Caribbean tourist destination have been under scrutiny after at least 11 American tourists have died under mysterious circumstances, some reportedly after taking a drink at a resort.
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