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Police Allege Airbnb Host Took Over 2,000 Images of Guests Naked, Having Sex

Police Allege Airbnb Host Took Over 2,000 Images of Guests Naked, Having Sex

Mar 9, 2022

A Texas Airbnb host faces 15 counts of invasive visual recording following lawsuits filed by guests accusing the man of invasion of privacy and intentionally inflicting emotional distress. A Jay Allee, 54, was initially arrested on November 20, 2021, and charged with four counts of invasive visual recording – a felony in the state of Texas. Allee was then arrested a second time in December on additional charges of the same offense, according to a report from local KSAT.

Police: Texas Airbnb Host Secretly Filmed Guests Having Sex

Allee is accused of secretly taping guests at his Kendall County, Texas, Airbnb vacation rental property. Business Insider reported that police obtained approximately 2,100 images of guests naked and having sex.

A camera disguised as a power adapter facing the cabin’s bed was discovered by a couple staying at the secluded property near San Antonio, according to a report by The Sun. The device, which captured images and videos of unsuspecting Airbnb guests, had reportedly been in place for nine months.

An arrest warrant affidavit indicated that while a woman was showering, a man claimed he spotted the ostensible “charger” device which looked suspicious. The affidavit further states that the couple “felt uncomfortable when Allee allegedly told them to watch the sunrise in pajamas or nude,” according to The Sun.

The man who was renting the Airbnb Texas property “searched the cabin to see if there was anything unusual and Googled how to find hidden devices,” The Sun reported.

The San Antonio Express-News confirmed that Kendall County Sheriffs launched an investigation which determined that Allee had allegedly filmed guests for at least a year. After discovering the camera and a router which was attached to the device, police reportedly seized various pieces of evidence from the Airbnb property, including:

  • Laptops
  • Phones
  • A tablet

Allee’s defense attorney, Nico LaHood, stated that his client maintains his innocence, according to The Sun’s report.

He is looking forward to his day in court,” LaHood said, while advising his client the litigation process would be “a marathon, not a sprint.”

The Sun report confirmed that a civil lawsuit filed in December revealed that Allee was both an “Airbnb superhost” and a “Vrbo premier host.”

In a statement to KSAT, Airbnb asserted:

“On our platform, we strictly ban hidden cameras … The reported criminal behavior of this bed-and-breakfast owner is outrageous, and he and his property are banned from Airbnb. Our law enforcement operations team has been working to support the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office in their investigation.”

Can You Sue Airbnb/Vrbo?

One of the most common questions we hear from potential clients at Dordulian Law Group (DLG) is:

Can I sue my Airbnb or Vrbo host?

The short answer to this question is “yes,” but what type of claim and how much it may be worth will depend on the circumstances of your unique incident.

How Do I Sue My Airbnb or Vrbo Host?

Suing your Airbnb/Vrbo host or property owner for financial compensation can be done by calling an experienced DLG personal injury lawyer for a free, confidential, and no obligation consultation.

During your free California Airbnb/Vrbo injury consultation, a DLG lawyer will:

  • Review the facts of your case and determine whether negligence was involved
  • Discuss all available legal options for your Airbnb/Vrbo injury or sexual assault claim
  • Provide an estimate for how long your Airbnb/Vrbo injury lawsuit might take to settle
  • Provide an estimate for how much your Airbnb/Vrbo injury claim/lawsuit may be worth

Types of Airbnb/Vrbo Lawsuits

Types of Airbnb/Vrbo Lawsuits
Airbnb and Vrbo lawsuits can take many forms. Some of the more common types of Airbnb/Vrbo civil claims we handle at DLG include:

  • Injuries: Suffering an injury at an Airbnb/Vrbo can involve a slip and fall due to a leaking refrigerator/appliance, a piece of furniture breaking, or even a structural collapse of the property. If you’ve been injured due to negligence on the part of an Airbnb or Vrbo host, you may be able to recover financial compensation for various losses through a civil claim.
  • Sexual Assaults: Airbnb and Vrbo have been in the news recently following high-profile sexual assaults which occurred at their properties. In June, DLG posted a blog after an Australian tourist received a $7 million settlement following a New York City Airbnb rape incident.
  • Stolen Property or Property Damage: Airbnb and Vrbo hosts have a duty of care under the law to ensure all rental properties are safe and secure (and both you as the guest and your personal property/belongings are out of harm’s way).
  • Scams/Fraud: Airbnb and Vrbo rentals continue to increase in popularity. A recent Guardian report confirmed that an average of 2 million users occupy Airbnb property rentals on any given night. As more and more people are turning to Airbnb and Vrbo for vacation accommodations, scams of every variety are being reported. If you’ve been victimized by an Airbnb or Vrbo scam, you may be entitled to a cash settlement.
  • Swimming Pool Accidents: Swimming pool injuries commonly occur at Airbnb and Vrbo property rental locations. When such an injury occurs due to negligence or carelessness, filing a civil claim can be a means of recovering much-needed financial compensation.
  • Dog Bites: Animal attacks including dog bites commonly occur at Airbnb/Vrbo properties. If you’ve been injured by a dog bite or animal attack, contact DLG’s Airbnb/Vrbo injury lawyers today for a free consultation.
  • Electrocutions/Fires: Unsafe electrical equipment at Airbnb and Vrbo properties can lead to electrocutions, shocks, and even burns from fires. If you’ve suffered this type of injury at your Airbnb or Vrbo rental property, you may be eligible to recover financial compensation.
  • Bedbug Bites: While Airbnb and Vrbo properties may look pristine and even glamorous in pictures, the actual property may be filthy upon arrival. In such cases, bedbug bites are commonly reported by guests. If you’ve suffered bedbug bites/injuries at an Airbnb/Vrbo property, you may be able to recover financial compensation for various damages.

What Damages or Financial Compensation Can be Recovered in an Airbnb/Vrbo Lawsuit?

The most common examples of Airbnb/Vrbo injury damages in civil lawsuits are broken down below according to type.

Common Airbnb/Vrbo Accident or Injury Economic Damages:

  • Medical expenses (past and future)
  • Emergency department treatment
  • Physical Therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Lost Wages
  • Lost Earning Capacity

Common Airbnb/Vrbo Accident or Injury Non-Economic Damages:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Scarring or other serious injury
  • Compensation for loss of a limb or disfigurement

Hiring a DLG Airbnb/Vrbo injury lawyer can help ensure your civil claim is maximized, and that you recover all applicable damages after an incident due to negligence. Our Personal Injury Division is led by Sam Dordulian, a former Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County who has devoted his career to helping injured victims secure the maximum financial compensation they deserve.

To learn more about how important it can be to have an experienced DLG Los Angeles, California, Airbnb/Vrbo injury lawyer handling your case, please visit our recent blog on how pain and suffering damages are calculated in personal injury civil claims.

Contact a Los Angeles, California, Airbnb/Vrbo Injury or Sexual Assault Lawyer

With DLG, your Airbnb/Vrbo injury or sexual assault consultation is always free, confidential, and without any obligation. We’ll review the facts of your case and provide you with all available legal options to ensure your rights are protected and the maximum financial damages award you deserve is pursued. We serve Airbnb/Vrbo injury and sexual assault clients throughout California as well as the United States.

Some of the local areas DLG serves include:

  • Los Angeles
  • Long Beach
  • Glendale
  • Torrance
  • North Hollywood
  • Burbank
  • Pasadena
  • San Diego
  • Bakersfield
  • Sacramento
  • Fresno
  • Riverside
  • San Francisco
  • Granada Hills
  • Simi Valley
  • San Fernando Valley
  • Antelope Valley

DLG’s founder and president, Sam Dordulian, has more than 25 years of experience and over 100 jury trial victories. Dordulian and the DLG team have successfully litigated Airbnb/Vrbo accident injury cases, and we will fight hard to obtain the maximum financial compensation you deserve.

DLG’s Los Angeles Airbnb/Vrbo accident injury lawyers have secured more than $100 million in settlements and verdicts for clients while maintaining a 98% success record. With our No Win/No Fee Guarantee, there is never any upfront cost for our expert Airbnb/Vrbo injury or sexual assault legal representation, and you never pay a dime until we successfully secure a maximum financial damages award for your claim.

Contact a DLG Los Angeles, California, Airbnb/Vrbo injury lawyer today at 818-322-4056 to arrange for a free consultation.

Don’t miss the deadline for filing your Airbnb/Vrbo injury or sexual assault lawsuit. Airbnb/Vrbo injury victims who fail to file claims within the standard two-year statute of limitations typically waive their right to seek critical financial compensation for damages.

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