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Anna Burgese Sues W Hotel After Alleged Hooker Attack In Lobby

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A New Jersey woman has filed a lawsuit claiming a gang of hookers attacked her and smashed her head into a wall in the lobby of the W South Beach Hotel in Miami because they mistook her for the competition.

Anna Burgese claims a gang of 10 sex workers assaulted her as she walked through the lobby with her husband, Joseph, because they thought she was trying take over their turf.

The suit claims the prostitutes threw Burgese face-first into a stone wall and knocked her to the ground before leaving the premises in taxis that the hotel staff had arranged, The New York Daily News reported.

She was treated for face and knee injuries at the hospital. The lawsuit was filed against hotel operator, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, in U.S. District Court in Camden. Among other things, the suit alleges the hotel "fosters a prostitute-friendly environment where prostitutes are permitted to market themselves on premises."

According to the lawsuit, hotel staff told Joseph that "they knew who the attackers were" but then later "claimed ignorance as to their identity." The couple's attorney, Lance Rogers, said the hotel has refused to release surveillance footage and that police have not made any arrests.

"The hotel has done absolutely nothing to help them and, in fact, has stood in the way of the process," Rogers said.

A spokesman for Starwood Hotels & Resorts said the resort "truly regrets that this incident occurred and that one of our guests was injured,” adding “because of the pending litigation, we are unable to comment further at this time."

Sources: The New York Daily News, WPTV