Woman files suit against Lowcountry hotel, employee

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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – A woman, allegedly raped by a Lowcountry hotel employee, has filed a lawsuit.

Jacquetta Deas says it happened while staying at the Embassy Suites in North Charleston in 2018.

She has now filed suit against the owner of Embassy Suites, Hilton worldwide, the Embassy Suites where the alleged incident happened along with the employee.

Deas says on June 16, 2018, she called for help with the hot tub.  A maintenance department employee came to assist her.  

While he was fixing the hot tub, Deas and the maintenance employee talked about a separate business venture and exchanged phone numbers for business purposes.  

Later that evening, the maintenance worker asked Deas to meet him on the 9th floor of the hotel to discuss business opportunities with a separate company he managed.  

Deas met him, and the lawsuit says he immediately began to fondle her against her will, forcefully pushed her into the stairwell and raped her.  

After the incident, Deas ran to the first floor where she called a friend and then went to the hospital, and police met her there.  

The hotel employee, Terrill Nelson, later turned himself into the North Charleston Police Department where he was charged with criminal sexual conduct.  He is currently awaiting trial.    

Deas is represented by Orlando attorney Greg Francis of Osborne & Francis and Justin Bamberg of Bamberg Legal. 

To take a look at the lawsuit, click here.

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