That Was Rude, Latina Actress Tells Hilton

     LOS ANGELES (CN) – The Beverly Hills Hilton kicked a Latina actress out of its hotel during the Golden Globes awards in 2014 and then defamed her on Facebook, Dyana Ortelli claims in court.
     Ortelli sued the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Oasis West Realty, Hollywood Foreign Press, Dick Clark Productions, Noble Associates Worldwide, Irine Spivak and Sandy Murphy on Jan. 9 in Superior Court.
     Ortelli appeared in the films “La Bamba” and “¡Three Amigos!” and co-hosts a Los Angeles talk show, “¡Hola LA!”
     She says she has been invited to the Golden Globes for 25 years – from 1989 to 2014.
     On Jan. 12, 2014, she says, she attended the awards ceremony with Hollywood Foreign Press member Noel de Souza. When de Souza and her other companions decided to attend an after-party, Ortelli says, she told them she would wait for them in the lobby of the Beverly Hilton because she was not feeling well.
     “As plaintiff was waiting for her companions to return for her, she began to get worried about de Souza as he is elderly and partially blind,” the complaint states. “Dyana’s cell phone battery ran out of charge, so Dyana asked hotel staff for directions to the hotel’s 24-hour business center, so she could communicate with her companions through Facebook.”
     Ortelli says she got a message from one of her companions that they were on their way to meet her, and to stay in the hotel. While she waited, she ran into a Latino friend, and they were speaking in Spanish when a hotel staff member approached Ortelli and asked if she needed any help.
     “Then a Noble security guard approached Dyana and asked her what she was doing there and Dyana explained why and pointed to the computer screen as she informed the guard that she was communicating online with her friends as she waited for them to leave the after-parties,” the lawsuit states. “The guard then asked Dyana if she had credentials to be ‘here.'”
     When Ortelli told the guard she was an invited guest and the host of “¡Hola LA!”, she says, he laughed in her face.
     “Other Noble guards and hotel staff then entered the business center and interrogated, mocked, and humiliated the plaintiff and told her the hotel didn’t want her there, and suggested that she leave the hotel,” Ortelli claims.
     Ortelli says she asked to speak with the hotel manager, defendant Murphy, who walked over to Ortelli but didn’t speak to her and walked away after Ortelli gave Murphy her business card.
     Four Beverly Hills policemen then approached Ortelli.
     “Taking the hotel and Golden Globes staffs’ cue, the policemen mocked Dyana, telling her goodbye in ‘Adios,’ and told her she was out of there as they hurried her out the back door of the hotel, kicking her out into the cold, without a coat, late at night, into the streets,” the complaint states.
     Ortelli says her companion de Souza contacted the Hollywood Foreign Press and the Beverly Hilton to ask them to apologize to Ortelli, but no apology came.
     Instead, she says, Murphy and defendant Irine Spivak, the Hilton’s public relations manager, “wrote a false version of the ugly incident on its Facebook pages, which has a world-wide reach and is heavily viewed in the entertainment industry,” claiming that Ortelli was politely asked for her credentials and asked to leave when she refused to provide them.
     The statement was removed from Facebook, but not before Ortelli was dropped from Sprint’s “Family” campaign, according to the lawsuit.
     Ortelli seeks damages for defamation, false light, intentional infliction of emotional distress and civil rights violations. She is represented by Vincent Miller of Porter Ranch.

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