Dominican Republic resort claims Tammy Lawrence-Daley demanded $2.2M before going public
The Delaware mom who said she survived a savage beating at a Dominican Republic resort earlier this year had requested $2.2 million in compensation before she went public about the alleged ordeal, the tourist spot claimed in a new statement.
The Majestic Elegance Resort — where Tammy Lawrence-Daley, 51, stayed with her husband in late January — said in a Wednesday statement posted to Twitter that the woman “formally demanded a $2.2 million compensation agreement” and only shared the story of the alleged incident four months later, “after receiving no positive response.”
Lawrence-Daley, of Wilmington, said she was on vacation with her husband, Christopher, and their two best pals at the all-inclusive resort when she was attacked in an hours-long assault by a man wearing a resort uniform and was left for dead.
She claimed she was attacked from behind, dragged down concrete stairs and thrown into a crawl space filled with wastewater.
She also alleged she was beaten with a club and strangled by a man wearing a Majestic Elegance uniform — as well as possibly sexually assaulted due to “damage down there.”
The resort also disputed Lawrence-Daley’s claims that the facility did not appropriately handle her case.
As soon as the woman’s disappearance was reported, the hotel claimed it “rigorously implemented the security protocol provided for cases when information is received of a guest in trouble.”
The resort also shared its version of the sequence of events.
“According to her testimony, she was intercepted by a stranger shortly after 11 o’clock at night, but Mr. Daley reported her disappearance at 2:30 in the morning, and in a few minutes, a search operation began all throughout the property,” the statement read.
“She was found at 6:40 in the morning at a restricted area of the hotel. She showed bruises on her face and had a broken fingernail, without presenting any other signs of violence on her body, and still being in possession of her purse, cell phone, and other belongings.”
When Lawrence-Daley was found, according to the resort, “the authorities were immediately notified, and the hotel took on the responsibility of providing all necessary attention.”
The hotel also claimed that a member of the hotel staff remained with Lawrence-Daley in the hospital to help her and ensure her needs were met — and that all her hospital expenses were paid for.
In addition, the statement said, the resort offered Lawrence-Daley, her husband and their friends a complimentary extension of their hotel stay — granting her the necessary time to recover and prepare for the group’s departure.
Special foods were also prepared for the woman, the resort claimed, as she struggled to eat solid foods. Additionally, a delegate from the US Embassy visited the woman, the hotel said.
“She refused to present any legal accusations despite the recommendations of the local authorities,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, police in the country said this week that there are holes in the case — “conjecture” and “a lot of information that doesn’t match some of the statements.”
But the resort wouldn’t say where it stands on that theory.
“Majestic has no opinion on the hypothesis of some authorities involved in the investigation, who consider that the story of Mrs. Lawrence-Daley while she was in the hospital, at the hotel and during conversations with police and prosecutors, presents contradictions and confusing facts, casting doubts on her testimony and leading to believe that information on the case is being concealed by blaming a hotel employee,” the statement said.
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