Victoria’s Secret model sues California hotel over bedbugs, says she’s had more than 90 bites
A Brazilian Victoria’s Secret model suing a California hotel for bedbugs said she wanted to “rip her skin off” after suffering more than 90 bites on her arms, legs and back.
Sabrina Jales St Pierre filed a lawsuit in June against the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Palm Desert after waking up to dozens of red marks and welts covering her entire body.
âI literally wanted to rip my skin off,â she told NBC Los Angeles.
âThe first morning when I woke up I noticed a few bites on my arm, but I didn’t think about it. And then the second morning was when I noticed all the bites, and that’s when it got worse.
St Pierre, who posed for Victoria’s Secret, Versace and Valentino, stayed at the three-star hotel in 2016 for a photoshoot.
The model told the outlet that she had suffered more than 90 bed bug bites on her body and had been out of work for more than two months.
Brazilian model Sabrina Jales St Pierre is suing Embassy Suites in Palm Desert, Calif., Claiming her room was infested with bedbugs which left her covered in bites (pictured)
St Pierre was staying at the Embassy Suites in Palm Desert in 2016 when she saw the red bites spread to her legs, shoulders and back.
St Pierre said in an interview that the bites were so bad she wanted to “rip his skin off”
“She was absolutely slaughtered,” said her lawyer Brian Virag.
St Peter’s horror stay is not the first time the hotel has been called in for unsanitary conditions.
According to NBC Los Angeles, Santa Ana Police Sgt. Gary Bruce, who was in one of the lead cop cars during the infamous 1994 Los Angeles freeway chase of OJ Simpson, said have suffered several bed bug bites after a stay in June.
St Pierre filed a lawsuit against Hilton Worldwide Inc and the management of Embassy Suites, claiming she was in physical and emotional distress
âThere’s no question in my mind that it was definitely bedbugs,â he said.
The outlet also reported in April that an investigation found the Palm Desert Hotel did not always change pillow cases after guests left rooms. An official said at the time that he took the health and safety of customers “very seriously”, but “sometimes human error does happen”.
An Embassy Suites official said the two bedbug cases were investigated by the hotel as well as an outside pest control company and that no pests, including bedbugs , had not been found.
“We followed all the appropriate protocols and found no evidence,” said Carlos Mendoza. “Now we have to go through the lawsuit to defend the reputation of the hotel.”
St Pierre filed a lawsuit against Hilton Worldwide Inc and the management of Embassy Suites, claiming she was suffering from physical and emotional distress.
She claims an unknown amount of pecuniary and punitive damages.
Carlos Mendoza, general manager of the Palm Desert hotel (pictured), claims no evidence of bedbugs was ever found in St Peter’s room
The model, who worked for Victoria’s Secret and Valentino, said she had more than 90 bites
St Pierre (pictured with her husband and child) said she had to see a doctor for the bites for “an extended period”
Virag says Saint-Pierre had “nightmares about the experience” and continues to experience “psychological trauma and fear of bedbugs today”.
âIt was particularly traumatic for Sabrina because her body is her job, so it badly affected her job and her career,â he added.
“She had to continue working while at the hotel, but the bite marks all over her body made her embarrassed, ashamed and humiliated.”
Virag, who specializes in bed bug cases, said St Peter’s bites were among the worst he had seen in nearly a decade.
The model claimed she suffered ‘psychological trauma’ and ‘nightmares’ from the hotel experience and was out of work for two months
He added that the model had had to see a doctor for the bites “for a long time.”
Mendoza said the hotel had agreed to dry-clean St Pierre’s clothes after the incident because “the comfort, health and safety of our guests is most important.”
âOur experience with bedbugs is that people travel with them and bring them to hotels,â he added.
“Once they are in our rooms, we take corrective action.”