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Lawsuit: Camera outside Treasure Island's Bilmar Beach Resort captured night of 'marital intimacy'

A couple has filed a lawsuit against the Bilmar Beach Resort in Treasure Island claiming a camera outside of their room recorded them in 'marital intimacy.' The resort is located on Gulf Boulevard. SCOTT KEELER      |     TIMES


A couple has filed a lawsuit against the Bilmar Beach Resort in Treasure Island claiming a camera outside of their room recorded them in 'marital intimacy.' The resort is located on Gulf Boulevard. SCOTT KEELER | TIMES

A couple has filed a lawsuit against the Bilmar Beach Resort in Treasure Island, claiming a camera placed outside their hotel room recorded them engaging in "marital intimacy."

Mirta Moreno Brown and Luis Brown of Fort Myers spent the night at the hotel Feb. 6. The next morning, they noticed a 360-degree camera mounted outside their window in full sight of the bed, according to the lawsuit.

When the Browns confronted a hotel manager, they were told that "the camera was active and that it undoubtedly recorded them while engaged in marital intimacy and unclothed." The manager refused to turn over the video, the lawsuit alleges, and told them that it was "what every hotel did."

The lawsuit, filed in Pinellas County's Sixth Judicial Court, states that the couple "live in constant fear that their private lives may immediately become public. … in the most humiliating manner possible." Mirta Brown is an accountant and Luis Brown is an electrical engineer, the suit states.

The couple's attorney, Thomas Chase, said the incident happened in a corner room on the fourth floor of the hotel. The Browns were on a weekend getaway, he said, and believed they had privacy.

"You'd have to be hundreds of yards out into the water to have a line of sight into their room," he said.

Representatives for the Bilmar Resort and its parent company, Forbes-Hamilton Management Co., did not immediately return requests for comment.

Lawsuit: Camera outside Treasure Island's Bilmar Beach Resort captured night of 'marital intimacy' 06/08/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 6:45pm]
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