Tammy Lawrence-Daley asked for $2.2 million settlement.
The Dominican Republic resort where a Wilmington woman claims she suffered a brutal beating at the hands of an unidentified employee has issued its first public response to the shocking allegations.
In a report from the Dominican news outlet Listin Diario, the all-inclusive Punta Cana resort said Tammy Lawrence-Daley had requested a $2.2 million settlement from Majestic Elegance, where she stayed with her husband and another couple in late January.
The hotel said Lawrence-Daley only took her story to Facebook last week after the settlement was denied.
The 52-year-old mother of two says the attack happened after she left her room and went to the resort lobby alone to get a snack around 11 p.m. on her first night there. In her account of the incident on Facebook, Lawrence-Daley says she was attacked from behind by a man wearing a resort staff shirt.
The attacker allegedly dragged Lawrence-Daley into a maintenance room, where she was strangled and beaten repeatedly. She claims she lost consciousness for intervals throughout the attack. She was not discovered until after 6 a.m. the following morning.
Authorities in the Dominican Republic said there have been inconsistencies in the statements they have received from Lawrence-Daley and her husband, Christopher, about the incident. The couple has accused police of mishandling the investigation from the start and failing to administer a rape kit until 48 hours after the attack.
Wednesday’s full statement from Majestic Elegance, later provided to PhillyVoice, further questioned the timeline of events described by Lawrence-Daley and her husband.
“As stated by the woman, she was intercepted by a stranger shortly after 11 p.m., but Mr. Christopher Daley reported her disappearance at 2.30 a.m. and in a few minutes a search operation was initiated through the entire property, and she was found at 6.40 a.m.,” the hotel claimed.
The hotel’s statement flatly contradicts what Lawrence-Daley and her husband said about when the attack was reported and how staff responded. They claim Christopher and the other couple made multiple early reports to the hotel that Tammy was missing, but the hotel allegedly brushed them aside, suggesting she was passed out somewhere after a night of drinking.
“My husband and friends went to the front desk at least three times throughout the night before security even agreed to look for me,” Lawrence-Daley wrote on Facebook. “This consisted of them taking a quad to the beach and looking on the beach. The security at Majestic Elegance thought I was drunk somewhere.”