Family sues after daughter was raped at Bahamas Resort – NBC 6 South Florida

A Pennsylvania family has filed a lawsuit against a major hotel chain alleging negligent security after they say their 15-year-old daughter was raped on the property.

The family says the station should have had adequate security in place to prevent something like this from happening.

“This monster destroyed her innocence,” said the teenager’s father, who agreed to do an interview until he is identified. “It was just the worst thing that could happen to a family other than the loss of a life. It was so traumatic.”

Last April, he and his family vacationed in the Bahamas to stay at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Resort, which advertises itself online as a family resort.

They say what was supposed to be a dream getaway turned into a nightmare.

“She was 15,” the teen’s father said. “She was a very social person, and that had a huge impact on how she interacted with a number of people.”

The family’s attorney has given us photos showing the bruises on the 15-year-old girl’s leg when they say she was lured and raped by a 58-year-old Bahamian man in the cabin area of the complex.

It happened in the early morning hours of April 4, 2021. The father says his daughter had left the room to finish a phone call with a friend.

“We noticed she was gone, probably about an hour or so later. She wasn’t back in the room,” he said.

Worried, he tracked his phone to the cabins where he says he found this man raping his daughter.

“I pushed him away and checked on my daughter and just stood between my daughter and this man,” the teenager’s father said. “What disturbed me a lot was that he was very, very collected.”

A spokesperson for the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar sent a statement to NBC 6, saying, “Upon learning of this situation, colleagues at the property immediately took care of the victim and his family and worked with Baha Mar security. and local authorities on their investigation.

The man has been arrested and charged with criminal charges and is due to stand trial in the Bahamas next month.

The family is now suing Hyatt Hotels for more than $10 million, claiming the man had no business being on the property and was not legally allowed to gamble at the casino there.

The lawsuit alleges the station failed to provide adequate security to prevent something like this from happening.

“There should have been adequate security that would have been there to protect against this type of incident,” Miami-based family attorney Michael Winkleman said.

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar went on to say, “While it is our policy not to comment on any potential or pending binding, our hearts go out to the victim and his family following this terrible incident. The safety and security of our customers and colleagues is always a top priority.

NBC 6 has contacted Bahamian authorities to obtain the man’s arrest report and photo ID. However, local police told us they were under no obligation to disclose anything to NBC 6 since it was outside of their jurisdiction.

The defendant, Henry Richard Nixon, told NBC 6 in a Zoom interview from The Bahamas on Thursday night that he was not guilty and none of the charges were true.

“Well my client is completely innocent regarding this matter because it is ongoing he is not authorized or able to comment on anything at this time as the matter has not even started yet,” said his attorney, Keevon Maynard. . “He still maintains his innocence regarding any offense in regards to this young woman.”

Nixon said the allegations were harmful to him and his family.

“It almost destroyed my relationship with my daughter,” he said. “She was so ill when those charges were made that she almost had to be admitted to hospital, and I’ve had clients of mine banishing me from their property because they were worried maybe I’m a rapist. It’s gone so far and hurts me and my whole family so much it’s unbelievable.”

Nixon claims he has no criminal record in the Bahamas.

Meanwhile, the girl’s family are worried there may be other victims and hope this story will encourage them to come forward.

They also want to see Hyatt take steps to improve safety and security at the property.

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