Anna Burgese W Hotel lawsuit: Prostitutes beat woman in South Beach hotel, lawsuit claims

 MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A vacationing New Jersey woman claims in a civil lawsuit that as many as 10 prostitutes jumped on her in the lobby of South Beach's W Hotel.

The Miami Herald reports the incident happened Jan. 19 in one of the most exclusive hotels on South Beach. The lawsuit was filed last week by 34-year-old Anna Burgese, wife of a wealthy Philadelphia homebuilder.

According to Miami Beach police, the prostitutes mistakenly believe Burgese was encroaching on their turf.

Philadelphia lawyer Lance Rogers says Burgese and her husband, 50-year-old Joseph, are frequent visitors to the hotel.

The lawsuit claims the attack was unprovoked. Rogers says Joseph Burgese was a few steps ahead of his wife and fought the women off with his crutches.

The hotel offered no comment on the lawsuit.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com

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