Vacationing Woman Fights Back After Alleged Beating by Group of Hookers

Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013  |  Updated 6:25 AM EDT
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Woman Beaten by Group of Hookers: Lawsuit

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A vacationing South Jersey woman claims in a civil lawsuit that as many as 10 prostitutes jumped on her in the lobby of South Beach's W Hotel.

The Miami Herald reports the incident happened Jan. 19 in one of the most exclusive hotels on South Beach. The lawsuit was filed last week by 34-year-old Anna Burgese, wife of a wealthy Philadelphia homebuilder.

According to Miami Beach police, the prostitutes mistakenly believe Burgese was encroaching on their turf.

Philadelphia lawyer Lance Rogers says Burgese and her husband, 50-year-old Joseph, are frequent visitors to the hotel.

The lawsuit claims the attack was unprovoked. Rogers says Joseph Burgese was a few steps ahead of his wife and fought the women off with his crutches.

The hotel offered no comment on the lawsuit.

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Miami Beach police spokesman Bobby Hernandez told the Herald that prostitution is so rampant in Miami that there is even a Yelp category rating hookers. “It’s just the nature of the beast. You’re going to have prostitution anywhere that you have money,” he said.

 


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