Airbnb visitor recordsdata lawsuit after alleged sexual assault by host

Airbnb is called in a sexual assault lawsuit. 

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An Airbnb visitor is suing the home-rental firm for failing to conduct an intensive screening of a bunch she says attacked her throughout a keep at his property.  

Leslie Lapayowker alleges she was sexually assaulted by Carlos Del Olmo when she stayed on the studio condominium hooked up to his Los Angeles dwelling in July 2016, in accordance with a lawsuit filed in San Francisco Superior Courtroom. Within the go well with, Lapayowker says Del Olmo made inappropriate feedback, was taking medicine and demanded that she have interaction in sexual exercise with him. He additionally grabbed Lapayowker, kissed her and uncovered himself, in accordance with the go well with.

The lawsuit says Airbnb uncared for its duty to display Del Olmo intently, which can have prevented the assault. Del Olmo, who had been given Airbnb’s “superhost” standing, was arrested in 2013 for home violence however prevented prosecution by taking anger administration courses, in accordance with the lawsuit. 

Airbnb says it conducts background checks and cleared Del Olmo as a result of he hadn’t been convicted of a criminal offense within the 2013 incident. The corporate runs background checks on all hosts and visitors, and pays particular consideration to terrorist watch lists, felony convictions, intercourse offender registries and “vital misdemeanors.” The coverage is famous on their web site. 

Del Olmo could not be reached for remark. Teresa Li, Lapayowker’s lawyer, did not return calls looking for remark.

This is not the primary time Airbnb has had issues with its hosts. Earlier this month, an Airbnb host agreed to pay $5,000 after turning away a visitor as a result of she was Asian American. The host was additionally required by California’s Division of Truthful Employment and Housing to take a college-level course in Asian-American research. 

The go well with file Thursday seems to be the primary time Airbnb has been concerned in a sexual assault case and raises questions on what the corporate’s authorized tasks are in vetting hosts and visitors.

Lapayowker pressed costs towards Del Olmo after the incident in 2016. Regulation enforcement officers decided there wasn’t sufficient proof to maneuver ahead. 

The allegations, nevertheless, prompted Aibnb to ban Del Olmo from its website. 

“The abhorrent habits described has no place in our group and we won’t tolerate it,” Nick Shapiro, Airbnb’s world head of belief and danger administration, stated in an announcement on Friday. “We now have been attempting to help [Lapayowker] in any means we will.”

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