Airbnb sued by guest who says host sexually assaulted her

The lawsuit accuses that in July 2016, Ms Lapayowker rented a studio in Los Angeles that was attached to Carlos Del Olmo’s house, which was listed as a superhost because of its positive reviews on the site. Although she rented the property for a month, the lawsuit says she only stayed three nights because of Mr. Del Olmo’s behavior – making sexually suggestive comments, using drugs in front of her underage son, hammering her windshield as she sat in her car. – made her uncomfortable.

According to the lawsuit, the assault occurred when she returned a week after leaving the studio, to retrieve the personal effects she had left behind. Mr. Del Olmo told her he wanted to show her something important inside the studio, the costume said, and locked the door after she followed him. She was restrained in a chair, against her will, as he began to masturbate in front of it. of her, eventually ejaculating in a trash can, says the lawsuit. Before she fled the scene, the lawsuit was charged, he told her, “Don’t forget to leave me a positive review on Airbnb.”

When Ms Lapayowker complained to Airbnb about the attack a month later, the company immediately removed Mr Del Olmo as the host from its site, according to Nick Shapiro, global head of trust and management. societal risks. “We supported it right away and took it off our platform,” he said.

Mr. Shapiro declined to say whether Airbnb knew Mr. Del Olmo had already been arrested, citing the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which prohibits the disclosure of background check results from one user to another. He added that a background check of Mr. Del Olmo had been carried out and had not revealed any previous convictions.

But Ms Lapayowker’s lawyer Teresa Li said the company should have informed Ms Lapayowker that Mr Del Olmo was previously arrested and charged with assault and battery, in 2013 in Florida. He was accused of pulling his former girlfriend by the hair, from the back to the front seat of his car, in front of his child; Mr. Del Olmo was referred to an anger management program after his arrest, but was never convicted.

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