Victoria's Secret Model Shares Disturbing 'Bed Bug' Photos After California Hotel Stay
Embassy Suites by Hilton Palm Desert is fighting the accusation.
A Victoria’s Secret model is suing a hotel near Palm Springs, California after she says bed bugs “massacred” her, allegedly causing damage to her career.
Brazilian model Sabrina Jales St. Pierre alleged in a lawsuit, filed earlier this month in Riverside County Superior Court, that she was bitten by bed bugs during her stay at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Palm Desert in 2016. According to the lawsuit, the bites affected St. Pierre’s ability to book modeling jobs.
Brian Virag, St. Pierre's attorney and founder of My Bed Bug Lawyer, Inc., told the Desert Sun that the bites started to appear after his client's first night in the hotel, and “eventually she was massacred by bites covering pretty much her entire body.”
"Like most victims of bed bugs, Sabrina also had nightmares about the experience, and she still experiences psychological trauma and fear of bed bugs today," Virag told the newspaper. "This was especially traumatic for Sabrina because her body is her work, so this severely affected her work and her career.”
The lawsuit accuses the hotel of not maintaining proper protocol for pest control — but the hotel is fighting the accusation.
Hotel manager Carlos Mendoza said St. Pierre’s room was inspected for bed bugs on the day of check-in and none were found. He said the hotel also called a pest control company to perform a second inspection and there was still no evidence of bed bugs.
“We did all the proper protocols and found no evidence,” Mendoza said. “Now we have to go through the lawsuit to defend the reputation of the hotel.”