Hotel to Give Maids Panic Devices After Second Alleged Assault
The hotel where an Egyptian businessman allegedly sexually abused a maid says it is purchasing panic devices for its room attendants.
The Pierre Hotel in New York said today that it will acquire "emergency communication devices" after an incident on Sunday, which came two weeks after a maid at the Sofitel said she was sexually assaulted by French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
In the latest case, police said Mahmoud Abdel-Salam Omar is accused of sexual assaulting a maid at The Pierre on Sunday. Omar is currently the board chairman of the El-Mex Salines Co., a state-run salt production company, according to the company's website. It is the largest salt producer in Egypt and the Middle East, the website said.
The Pierre said it will "fully comply with the investigation,'' according to a statement. "The Pierre's priority is the safety of our guests and staff,'' the statement also said.