New York's Dream Hotel Sued by Rape Victim

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A 28-year-old Rhode Island tourist is suing the Dream Hotel in New York after an employee was convicted of raping her in her room.

The victim, who was sexually attacked at about 3 a.m. in December 2009 while she was sleeping in her room, filed suit yesterday. Her suit seeks unspecified damages from corporate parent Surrey Hotel Associates for the alleged negligent hiring, supervision and training of Jaime Marin Lopez, the New York Post reports.

In January, Mendoza was convicted of first-degree rape and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Mendoza deliberately followed the woman and her boyfriend into their hotel room after a night of heavy drinking. While the couple was passed out, Mendoza raped the victim, who says she saw a "dark silhouette" above her when she opened her eyes.

"Every day I re-live multiple flashbacks from an inexcusable and life changing event," the woman wrote in a letter read by the prosecutor during Mendoza's sentencing.

A spokesman for the Dream Hotel did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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