Mississippi man sues hotel after allegedly being sexually assaulted by person who entered room while he was asleep

Published 10:33 am Thursday, March 28, 2024

A Mississippi man has sued a hotel for $160 million after he was reportedly sexually assaulted after a man entered his hotel room while he was asleep.

WBTV News in Charlotte reports that the alleged incident occurred in April 2022 at the Marriott City Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The man, referred to as “John Doe” in court documents, said he was traveling to Orlando for Air Force training and spent the night in Charlotte after some flight cancellations.

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The man said he went to sleep in his hotel room, not realizing the door to his room was not operating properly.

The man said he woke up to find someone sexually assaulting him without his consent. When John Doe reportedly screamed and reached out to punch the assailant, the man, later identified as Jermaine Peay, ran away with John Doe’s wallet and other clothing.

Peay was arrested in January 2023 and charged with first-degree burglary, forced sex offense and larceny after breaking and entering. His case is still awaiting trial.

The lawsuit claims the hotel should have known the locks were not secure and failed to provide adequate security.