Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Australian Matthew Moorhouse sues luxury New York hotel over false rape claims

AN AUSTRALIAN businessman falsely accused of raping a maid at a luxury boutique hotel in New York is now suing the hotel for $US10 million.

Matthew Moorhouse, 43, from Sydney, claims that the Standard Hotel's racy atmosphere contributed to the false charges against him.

Prosecutors had claimed that Mr Moorhouse had sexually assaulted one of the Standard's maids on November 9 and suggested that he had booked into the hotel specifically because of its reputation for kinky, exhibitionist sex.

The hotel's floor-to-ceiling windows are well known for allowing nude guests to put on a show for pedestrians on the nearby park.

Mr Moorhouse said that the maid had lied after he caught her rifling through his bag and he was acquitted of the charges in July.

He filed suit last week in Manhattan Supreme Court.

The Standard Hotel declined to comment.