Airbnb “Paid Tourist $ 7 Million After Rape in NYC Rental and Has ‘Black Box’ Clean-Up Team to Keep Horror Secret”

HOLIDAY giant Airbnb reportedly paid a tourist $ 7 million after she was raped with a knife point in a rental property in New York City.

The shocking allegation came as it was claimed that the multibillion dollar company was employing a secret team to “cover” the holidays from hell.


Airbnb reportedly paid tourist $ 7 million after she was raped with a knife pointCredit: Getty

Bloomberg News reports that the Australian holidaymaker received the huge payment after an alleged attack on New Years Eve in 2015.

The alleged victim and his friends collected the keys to the short-term rental property from a nearby store, he says.

The report suggests the suspect made a copy of the apartment keys which he then used to sneak up and hide in the bathroom.

The tourist returned shortly after midnight and was allegedly assaulted by Junior Lee, 24.

It is reported that he has been charged with predatory sexual assault and has pleaded not guilty, but remains in custody.

The Legal Aid Society, which represents Mr Lee, declined to comment when approached by BBC News.

After the alleged attack, Airbnb agents contacted cops in New York City for assistance and transferred the victim to a hotel.

He also offered to pay fees such as counseling and brought his mother from Australia to the United States, according to reports.

Bloomberg said as part of the settlement, the victim cannot blame or sue Airbnb or the host of the apartment where the incident took place.

The alleged attack location in a building in the Big Apple (above)


The alleged attack location in a building in the Big Apple (above)Credit: Google
Carla Stefaniak murdered while on vacation in Costa Rica


Carla Stefaniak murdered while on vacation in Costa RicaCredit: Facebook / Find Carla

However, company spokesman Ben Breit told the New York Post: “In cases of sexual assault, in the settlements we have reached, survivors can speak freely about their experiences. This includes the case of New York.

He added that Airbnb’s goal in the aftermath of the incident was to support the survivor of a “horrific attack” and that local political issues had nothing to do with his response.

Bloomberg also claimed the company has a team to keep issues out of the press and give staff blank checks to help victims of sexual assault.

It spends tens of millions each year on payments to hosts and guests when things go horribly wrong, the report says.

The team – known to workers as the “black box” – is apparently made up of around 100 agents based in cities like Dublin, Montreal and Singapore.

Several members of the team are said to have military or emergency service backgrounds.

It is reported that they have the power to spend money to tackle worst case scenarios, including gruesome murders and deaths.

He has claimed in the past that they arranged for contractors to cover bullet holes in the walls and hire crews to clean up the blood from the floors.

They also work to provide support to guests and hosts and are also responsible for keeping certain incidents out of public view, Bloomberg reported.

The work – say former team members – is extremely nerve-racking.

Cops at deadly shooting at Airbnb property in Orinda, California


Cops at deadly shooting at Airbnb property in Orinda, CaliforniaCredit: abc7
Paramedics rush to help injured youth who were shot dead in the house


Paramedics rush to help injured youth who were shot dead in the houseCredit: abc7

“I had situations where I had to hang up and go cry,” a former agent told Bloomberg. “That’s all you can do.”

Former security guards have described several shocking incidents, including involving hosts who discovered dismembered remains on their properties.

Some officers said they also had to console guests who had to flee isolated cabins after being attacked by hosts, according to the report.

In an alleged incident, a host found an Airbnb guest naked in bed with his seven-year-old daughter.

In another shocking incident, a Florida woman was stabbed to death in the apartment complex she was renting in Costa Rica.

Carla Stefaniak’s partially buried body was later found half naked and covered in plastic bags by sniffer dogs in 2018.

Stefaniak’s family filed a lawsuit against Airbnb, claiming that they had not checked the background of the security officer responsible for the attack.

The case was settled for an undisclosed sum and the killer was later sentenced to 16 years for murder.

Just a year after the high-profile murder, five people were gunned down during a Halloween party at an Airbnb in Orinda, California.

And in April of this year, a three-year-old boy was gunned down at a birthday party in Florida after a shooting erupted at an Airbnb where the celebration was taking place.


Until 2017, anyone who signed an agreement with Airbnb regarding incidents like these would have been required to sign a nondisclosure agreement, meaning other poignant stories may have gone unreported. .

After the #MeToo movement revealed how such deals can be used to protect abusive businesses, Airbnb reportedly replaced the nondisclosure agreement with a clause saying “recipients cannot discuss terms of their settlement or leave to hear that it is an admission of wrongdoing “. .

The work of agents can be so stressful that agents have access to cooling rooms with dim lighting to create a calming atmosphere to answer distressing calls.

Airbnb has also hired top crisis experts to work on the team, including Nick Shapiro, former adviser to Barack Obama’s National Security Council and deputy chief of staff at the Central Intelligence Agency.

Shapiro, who has since left the job, told Bloomberg that the crises the company was facing reminded him of the White House situation room.

“I remember thinking I was back to the nitty-gritty,” he said.

“It brought me back to the feeling that I was facing some really horrible problems in Langley (home of the CIA) and in the White House situation room.”

The company declined to comment on the terms of the regulations or the security team’s budget, it was reported.

But a confidential document seen by Bloomberg Businessweek shows that over the past few years, it has spent an average of about $ 50 a year on payments to hosts and guests, including legal settlements and damage to homes.

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