Airbnb reportedly paid woman $ 7 million in return for not blaming the company for her rape

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A woman who was raped in 2015 by a man who had a copy of the keys to an Airbnb rental in New York City she was staying in was paid $ 7 million by the company in exchange for agreeing not to talk about the regulation or “to implicate the responsibility or liability” on the part of Airbnb or the accommodation provider, Bloomberg reports, revealing a hitherto unknown incident.

The deal did not prevent the woman, whose identity has not been made public, from cooperating with prosecutors, and an Airbnb spokesperson said Bloomberg that despite the wording of the regulation, she “is in a position to discuss whether she holds anyone responsible”. But, by Bloomberg, the deal means she can’t sue the company. Because the woman was not the one who rented the apartment – she was traveling with friends – she had also not signed Airbnb’s long service contract, so there was a possibility for her to keep it up. responsible business without regulation.

Former Airbnb security guards suggested that the situation may not be so unique (although the payment was one of the biggest in the business and the terms of service agreement is probably a more common method of keeping things a secret), saying Bloomberg they estimate that the company deals with thousands of allegations of sexual assault in rental properties from guests and hosts each year. Yet there has only been one sexual assault-related case filed against Airbnb in U.S. courts, Bloomberg reports. Read more on Bloomberg.

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