‘Busted’ for shaving off her breasts
The hair removal and bathing-style change by a man at a California hotel sparked outrage and calls for a boycott by hoteliers and the public.
The hotel in Santa Barbara, which bills itself as a destination for luxury guests, has been targeted by a boycott after a woman filed a complaint alleging the man was stripping naked, forcing her to change her bathing attire, and shaving her pubic hair.
The case is now under investigation by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, which has said the hotel was aware of the allegations but failed to act because of its business relationship with the county.
A hotel spokeswoman told Al Jazeera the allegations were false.
“We take this situation very seriously and have been in communication with the hotel, and the County Sheriffs office,” hotel spokeswoman Melissa Juhasz told Al Jazeera.
“The County Shermans office has opened an investigation, and we are cooperating fully with them.
We have never engaged in any activity that could be construed as violating any of the county’s laws.”
‘It was an accident’ ‘It’s very unfortunate that someone is able to do this to others and not know it’s illegal, but I guess I just think he got a little bit too comfortable in his hotel room,’ said the woman who filed the complaint.
“It’s a little more out of control than a normal person would do.”
The hotel was not immediately available for comment.
The man is being held on $100,000 bail.
The woman, who asked to be identified only by her first name, said she felt violated.
“He wasn’t looking at my breasts or anything,” she told AlJazeera.
Her husband, who did not wish to be named, said they had never been to a hotel and did not think the man did anything wrong.
“I guess he got too comfortable,” he said.
“You know, he didn’t even know I was a virgin.”‘
He didn’t look at my boobs’ The woman said she had to wash her body before leaving the hotel.
“After he left, I felt like he could smell my sweat, and I thought, ‘Why does he have to smell my body?
“They asked me to take my clothes off, and he said, ‘Take your clothes off’,” she told The Associated Press. “
“And then I took off my clothes.” “
They asked me to take my clothes off, and he said, ‘Take your clothes off’,” she told The Associated Press.
“And then I took off my clothes.”
After she left the hotel room, she said she did not see the man again.
“But he just kept saying, ‘Don’t worry, I’m just cleaning up,'” she said.
The Santa Barbara hotel has a history of harassment allegations.
In February, an online petition to have the hotel fined for a similar incident drew nearly 6,000 signatures.
On Wednesday, the hotel said it was aware that the hotel’s business relationship had been strained.
“In our conversations with the Santa Maria County Sheriff Department, we were aware of a situation involving a hotel guest and a guest’s private property,” the hotel statement said.
It added that it had taken steps to “ensure that guests are protected, including a plan for the hotel to hire an independent contractor to clean and maintain the hotel premises.”
The Santa Maria Times reported that the woman said a staff member told her she was not allowed to return to the hotel until she paid the $100 fee.
“This hotel is a public place, and it’s my right to go and change clothes,” the woman told the newspaper.
The women who filed complaints against the hotel say it has not acted on their complaints.
The Sheriff’s Office has not responded to Al Jazeera’s request for comment on the hotel case.
Al Jazeera contacted the Santa Monica hotel, which did not respond to an interview request.