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A Brazilian model is suing Palm Desert Embassy Suites, a Hilton hotel, two years after a stay in one of its rooms left her “massacred” by bed bug bites.
Sabrina Jales St. Pierre, who has modeled for Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Valentino, Versace and Victoria’s Secret, claims the bites covered her body, caused her pain and emotional distress and even impacted her career.
“Sabrina started noticing the bed bug bites after her first night in the hotel, and eventually she was massacred by bites covering pretty much her entire body,” her attorney Brian Virag told the Desert Sun.
“Like most victims of bed bugs, Sabrina also had nightmares about the experience, and she still experiences psychological trauma and fear of bed bugs today,” Virag added.
“This was especially traumatic for Sabrina because her body is her work, so this severely affected her work and her career. She had to continue working during the hotel stay, but the bite marks all over her body made her feel embarrassed, ashamed and humiliated.”
The hotel’s general manager has disputed the allegations, claiming two inspections turned up no evidence of bed bugs.
Jales St. Pierre’s lawsuit has been filed in Riverside County Superior Court, and she seeks monetary and punitive damages against Hilton Worldwide, Inc., Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc., Embassy Suites Management, LLC.