Woman claims resort's negligence allowed stranger to enter her hotel room

Hilton Galveston Island Resort

GALVESTON – A Louisiana woman is suing Galveston Island Hilton Resort over an apparent room mix-up two years ago.

Lafayette, La., resident Justine Sampy alleges that on March 27, 2009, she was not properly checked-in to the hotel and another person was granted access to the same room.

According to the lawsuit filed March 24 in Galveston County District Court, Sampy checked into the hotel and was given a key card to room 503. She then went up to the room and proceeded to take a shower with the bathroom door left open.

The plaintiff states she was getting out of the shower when a man she did not know entered the room.

"While the plaintiff was standing in her room naked, her room door opens and in walks a foreign male," the suit says.

"After the foreign male is made to leave the room, the plaintiff gets dressed and goes downstairs to the front desk to find out what had occurred."

Sampy learned the defendant did not completely process her check-in. She insists the man entered her room on two other occasions the same day.

She claims the incident caused emotional damages, embarrassment and humiliation and is seeking monetary damages.

A jury trial is also requested.

Attorneys L. Clayton Burgess of Lafayette, La., and David P. Wilson of Beaumont are representing Sampy.

Galveston County 405th District Court Judge Wayne Mallia is presiding over the case.

Case No. 11-cv-0516

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