Woman suing hotel, says she was raped after clerk gave out room key

VIDEO: Woman sues hotel after alleged rape in room
Stewart Middleton. (Source: CCDC)
Stewart Middleton. (Source: CCDC)

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - A Charleston woman is suing Hilton Worldwide Inc., after she says a hotel clerk gave her room key to a man who allegedly raped her.

According to the lawsuit, Kayla Snipe, 28, says the man, identified in the lawsuit as Stewart Middleton, a co-worker of Snipe's, told the clerk he was her boyfriend.

Middleton was charged with criminal sexual conduct, third degree.  His case is still pending.

Tuesday, famed women's rights attorney Gloria Allred announced she was seeking admission to the case, Pro Hac Vice, which would allow her to practice within state jurisdiction.

In a statement, Allred called on hotels to improve security, protocol and practices to protect female guests.

Snipe alleges the attack happened in December 2013, while at a company Christmas party at Embassy Suites on International Boulevard in North Charleston.

Attorney J. Paul Porter, of J. Lewis Cromer & Associates, one of the attorneys trying the case, said his team worked for the last year collecting evidence and building a case.

According to a North Charleston Police report, filed the morning after the alleged assault, Snipe denied being assaulted multiple times, but was voluntarily transported to an area hospital for further examination.

Hilton Worldwide Inc. spokeswoman Maggie Giddens offered the following response to the claim:

"While we cannot comment on pending litigation, we take these allegations very seriously and will work with our franchise location in North Charleston to understand the events that unfolded, because the well being, safety and security of our guests are always our highest priority."

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