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Lawsuit: New Jersey woman mistaken for prostitute, beaten at Florida hotel

A New Jersey woman says she was mistaken for a prostitute at a Miami Beach hotel, but that wasn't the worst of it.

Anna Burgese says in a federal lawsuit a group of women she believes were prostitutes attacked her in the lobby of South Beach's W Hotel in January.

She says the women thought she was a competitor infringing on their territory. Burgese says she was slammed into a wall and thrown to the ground, and the hotel staff let the assailants get away.

The lawsuit filed Friday in New Jersey accuses the hotel of negligence, saying it offered a "prostitute-friendly environment."

Burgese's attorney says Burgese and her husband, a homebuilder, are seeking "sizeable" damages.

A spokesman for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide says the company regrets the incident but declined to comment on the suit.

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