FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 29, 1997
AT THE POSH PENINSULA HOTEL
Beverly Hills, CA
Terri Nicole Hess, Chairperson and CEO of one of the world's largest adult entertainment and adult mail-order companies, was handcuffed and savagely beaten by six security guards at the posh and exclusive Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills.
As a result of the attack, Ms. Hess was forced to seek medical treatment for the injujuries she sustained because of repeated blows that were administered by Hotel security guards.
According to Ms. Hess, she was assaulted because she is transgendered. A frequent guest of the Hotel, Ms. Hess beleives she was singled out by Hotel security personnel who "chose to send a message to transexuals that they are not welcome at the Peninssula Hotel." Ms. Hess added that ,"this time, they picked on the wrong person."
The Peninsula Hotel is an exclusive getaway for many of Hollywood's most glamorous celebritiesa nd corporate exectives. Located at the corner of Wilshire and Ltittle Santa MOnica Boulevards, the Hotel is the only Five Star/Five Diamond hotel in Beverly Hills.
Following the assault, Ms. Hess retained legal counsel and is planning to file a lawsuit against those who were involved in the assault against her and against the Hotel.
"I was viciously assaulted by six security guards who beat me with their fists and kicked me mercilessly because I used the ladies' restroom," said Ms. Hess. "It saddens me toi think that a paying guest of the most exclusive Hotel in Beverly Hills could be subjected to the most brutal form of dicriminatory treatment imaginable."
According to Ms. Hess, she was overpowered and asaulted by six Hotel security personnel as she left the ladies restroom in The Club Bar at the Hotel the evening of May 16th. "I was returning to The Club Bar to rejoin a friend when the assault began," said Ms. Hess. "Within minutes, the guards had kicked and beaten me, handcuffed me and forced me out of public view to a secluded garage area of the Hotel. As the garage door was closing, the chief of security said, "no one will ever know what happens to you in this room."
Ms. Hess said that the security guards never once identified themselves to her as Hotel personnel. She said the beating by the Hotel security guards did not cease until Beverly Hills police officers arrived on the scene. Hotel personnel lied to police that Ms. Hess had assaulted them.
"Their claim, that I assaulted them, was a lie devised to cover up their unconscionable actions," said Ms. Hess. I have been a guest of the Hotel on numerous occaisions because I prefer the privacy and intimicy of its surroundings. I would never contemplate initiating such behavior.
"While I am saddened by the whole affair, I will not take this kind of discriminatory abuse passively," said Ms. Hess. "The simple truth of the matter is that I was attacked because I am a transexual. The individuals who attacked me, and the Hotel which condoned their behavior, were acting out their personal bias against me," said Ms. Hess.
"This assault should serve as a warning to others who have chosen a different lifestyle that you are not safe from discriminatory violence, even if you are a professional businesswoman or a guest at an exclusive Hotel or Club in Beverly Hills," said Ms. Hess.
The District Attorney's office is currently investigating the incident. Ms. Hess said she intends to file her lawsuit sometime in the coming weeks.
Ms. Hess's company, DechTar Direct (http://www.dechtar.com) is headquartered in San Francisco. She founded it in 1989, and under her leadership, it has grown to become the largest advertising company in North America specializing in adult entertainment and adult mail-order industries. DechTar recently began selling common stock to the public as part of a $24 million public ofrfering.
In addition to her successful business career, Ms. Hess has also modeled, most recently for internationally renowned erotic artist Olivia DeBerardinis. She is reported to be the first transsexual ever to be painted by Olivia
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 1997
CHARGES AGAINST DECHTAR CEO;
REFUSES TO PROSECUTE PENINSULA HOTEL GUARDS
WHO BRUTALLY ASSAULTED HER
Beverly Hills, CA. --Ms. Terri Nicole Hess, Chairperson and CEO of DechTar Direct, one of the world's largest adult entertainment and adult mail order companies, is feeling both justified and mystified at the recent decisions of LA County's Deputy District Attorney Helen Gordon, whio is assigned to the Beverly Hi9lls District. Ms. Gordon has dropped assault charges against Ms. Hess stemnming from a recent attack by security guards at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. However, Ms. Gordon has also declined to rosecute the six security guards involved in the incident.
According to Ms. Hess, she was assaulted last month by hotel securrity guards upon leaving the ladies' restroom at the exclusive Beverly Hills Peninsula Hotel. Ms. Hess, a frequent guest of the posh hotel, sustained severe injuries requiring medical treatment as a result of the incident.
Although vindicated by the dismissal of the assault charges against her, Ms. Hess is nevertheless outraged over the D.A.'s failure to bring charges against the security guards.
"They jumped me, threw me to the ground, beat and kicked me," Ms. Hess said. "There were six of them and only one of me. I did nothing to provoke this attack, except to use the ladies' restroom. If this dosen't constitute discriminatory assault, I have no idea what does. This is a hate crime of the worst order."
Ms. Hess claims that credible witnesses have come forward who will testify that Ms. Hess did nothing to provoke this incident.
"I intend to pursue this matter with the U.S. Justice Department, and I have launched a private investigation on the Peninsula Hotel itself and the security guards involved," said Ms. Hess.
A civil lawsuit is expected to be filed by Ms. Hess later this month.