Jersey Woman Claims She Was Mistaken For A Prostitute and Beaten at W South Beach

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Anna Burgese, a New Jersey woman on vacation, claims she was just chilling in the lobby of the W South Beach when a gang of drunken prostitutes mistook her for a competitor and violently attacked her to defend their turf.

Now Burgese and her husband Joseph are suing the W, claiming that the hotel openly tolerates an element of prostitution and that employees helped the alleged assailants escape the scene.

According to The Philadelphia Daily News, the Burgeses says they are regular guests at the W. They were returning to their room on the night of January 19, and say they had to walk through a hotel bar to reach the lobby. They claim that the bar is a well known spot for prostitutes to pick up clients, and that some of the working girls thought that Mrs. Burgese was competition.

She claims she was grabbed from behind, slammed into a stone wall and then dropped on the floor. As many as 10 prostitutes may have been involved in the attack either as participants or by egging the attack on.

Mr. Burgese, with the help of hotel employees, broke the fight up. Burgese claims, however, that he asked the staffers to help detain the women until police came. Instead he says the staffers helped the women get away by placing them in cabs.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Burgese was taken to Mount Sinai to be treated for trauma to her face and an injury to her knee.

The lawsuit says that Miami Beach Police officers told the couple that the assailants might have been drunk and high and trying to defend their turf.

"It was like a territory battle for them," the couple's attorney Lance Rogers told the Daily News.

"From the minute this happened, the hotel management and staff became very elusive and not willing to participate with the Burgeses about what happened," he continued.

"We truly regret that this incident occurred and that one of our guests was injured," a rep for Starwood Hotels, owner of the W, emailed Huffington Post. "Because of the pending litigation, we are unable to comment further at this time."

The couple is seeking damages for negligence, premises liability, assault, civil liability for criminal acts, and loss of consortium.

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16 comments
sobebaby
sobebaby

I am skeptical... South Beach does not really have TURF when it comes to hookers...  Why?  Cuz they need to have hardcore pimps to make that happen and SoBe is just too small for a pimp to act like a pimp!  Gots to be on the DL or dey get busted fo'sho!

Now dem hookers might be workin the track and claimed the W as their hotel - but they prolly from Atlanta anyway...

Ru Ru H
Ru Ru H

A woman was physically attacked & beaten - but she's from New Jersey. Hilarious, Miami Cocksuckers Times!

internetinternet
internetinternet

Hookers galore in my South Beach condo.  Surprise anybody deals with hotels anymore.  Most the action is condominiums. 

Christoph Vitt
Christoph Vitt

they got lucky with an easy victim, i know a woman that would have put the bitches into ER as well :-)

Tommy Strangie
Tommy Strangie

wow what is the world coming to when you cant dress like a slut ?

Sasha Asdourian
Sasha Asdourian

And those weren't hookers...they were Eastern Bloc models.

Sasha Asdourian
Sasha Asdourian

"Mrs. Burgese was taking to Mount Sinai?" Come on New Times...spend the extra buck on a real editor and stop having interns proof the articles. They don't have to feel too badly though, NY Times isn't any better.

Joey Waves
Joey Waves

she must have been dressed like a hooker.

mindgruv
mindgruv

@Sasha Asdourian most of the time, no one proofs blog entries. they believe in quantity over quality (like so much of the interwebs)

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