Just weeks after a jury awarded $55 million dollars to ESPN Sports reporter Erin Andrews, and days after another jury awarded $115 million to wrestler Hulk Hogan for privacy rights breaches, another not so famous woman is alleging she too was secretly recorded.
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CNN reported a female petroleum engineer, whose identity was withheld, noticed something unusual about the towel hook holder she in her drilling vessel’s bedroom. The two-pronged hook looked like any other one might find as an accessory in a bath store but the engineer said it had not previously been there before. “The rooms are pretty bare and minimum so when you notice something that’s different, it kind of sticks out to you,” she said regarding the hook on the back of the door to her room.
Upon further inspection of it, she discovered the hook to be a video recording device. CNN reported the device can easily be acquired for $15 online.
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The woman filed a lawsuit against Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling. Inc.; BHP Billiton Petroleum, Ltd.; Schlumberger Technology; and Aramark Services, Inc. She rejected a settlement offered to her explaining, “I wanted it criminally reported. I wanted to be part of the investigation process. I wanted to know what was going on, and honestly I felt like I, from the day I left that rig, I had zero control.” Her lawyer said his client only really wanted to know who did it, who recorded the video, how much was recorded, and whether it has been captured. They have not been able to get answers to those questions.
An attorney for the defendants issued a statement which reads, “The parties responded promptly and with genuine concern in an effort to appropriately address the situation. This included conducting a thorough investigation. Steps have been taken to ensure that such a situation does not occur again in the future.” The female engineer is asking for more than $1 million in damages.