Victoria’s Secret model sues California hotel after “massacre” of bedbug bites left her with “psychological trauma”
A VICTORIA’S Secret model sues a California hotel over a “massacre” of bedbug bites that left her with “psychological trauma.”
Brazilian model Sabrina Jales St. Pierre said she discovered red bites covered her entire body after just one night at the Palm Desert Embassy Suites.
The Brazilian model – who has also worked for Versace, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren and Valentino – is now suing the Hilton-owned hotel for monetary and punitive damages.
Her lawyer, Brian Virag, claims she was “massacred by bites covering almost her entire body”.
He told the Desert Sun: “Like most bed bug victims, Sabrina also had nightmares about this experience, and she still suffers from psychological trauma and fear of bedbugs today.”
The lawsuit filed in Riverside County Superior Court claimed she suffered a severe bite reaction in 2016 that required “prolonged treatment.”
Mr Virag also claimed that Sabrina’s model concerts were also said to have been affected as she was “embarrassed, ashamed and humiliated” by the insect bites.
He said the model’s bites were among the worst he had seen in his eight years specializing in bedbug litigation and that Jales St. Pierre had to see a doctor for the bites that lasted. âFor a long period of timeâ.
He added that the experience had “certainly had an impact on her ability to do her modeling job.”
âShe still has trauma from the physical and emotional aspect of it to this day. Some people also have permanent scars. “
The Desert Sun reported that the hotel’s general manager, Carlos Mendoza, has denied any claims that the hotel has not taken the necessary precautions to control pests.
Mendoza commented: âThe comfort, health and safety of our customers are the most important.
âOur experience with bedbugs is that people travel with them and bring them to hotels. Once they are in our rooms, we take corrective action.
A version of this story originally appeared on nypost.com.
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