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'Talent' Contestant Sues -- Hotel Hobos Killed My Wife

3/9/2011 9:18 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Former "America's Got Talent" contestant Joe Finley believes a homeless person snuck into a ritzy L.A. hotel and killed his wife last year ... and now Joe is suing the hotel for wrongful death.


According to his lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Finley claims his wife's death could have been prevented if the hotel would have done a better job of keeping out transients.

As TMZ first reported, Joe was questioned by cops after his wife's body was discovered in the staircase of the hotel back in October.

Cops have not officially identified the killer -- and the investigation is still open -- but in his lawsuit, Joe seems pretty confident a transient was responsible for the death.

In the docs, Joe claims the Biltmore was aware that there had been several recent disturbances inside the hotel by "transients and other uninvited third parties" ... including assaults and theft ... but the hotel failed to take proper security measures to keep their guests safe.

Joe claims there were several items in the staircase that suggest homeless people were even living in the building the night his wife was killed ... the items included, "Filthy clothing ... bottles full of urine ... and dirty blankets."

Joe is suing for unspecified damages. So far, no comment from the Biltmore.

Joe's lawyer, Sean Macias, tells us, "The tragic death of Laura Finely was preventable and The Biltmore failed to provide basic security measures and precautions."

Macias adds, "There has been prior serious criminal incidents at the hotel. They were understaffed with security and they had construction on first and second floors where uninvited transients and third parties were staying."


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The homeless are such convenient scapegoats.

But who's to say the murderer wasn't a guest at the hotel, or an employee?

Was a "transient" captured on security videotape that night?

1326 days ago


If it looked shady then go to another hotel!

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I'm #2

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In this economy hotels are known to have made significant cut backs on staffing not the least of which is graveyard security. There is NO excuse for bottles of urine and filthy blankets to be in a hotel's stairwells. A properly staffed security team would have moved the transients on their way and called housekeeping to remove the items blocking the fire exits/stairwells.

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Hotel is downtown, where lots of bums and crackheads and gang members congregate. Majority of businesses shut down after dark in that area. Where was he when this happened? Probably trolling for trannys in Hollywood. Sads for his wife though.

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Wow, they have nice bums there that think to pee in a bottle. Bums around here just pee on the wall or in the stairwell.

Seriously bro? That's the best you've come up with?

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Really? He was staying at an obvious "not the Beverly Hills" hotel, so how can he sue?

And it's only been a year?

I doubt this is true!

He had something to do with it....way to shady!

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Sean Macias???? Isn't he that bad porn lawyer that won some money for Jules Jordan and then was never able to collect it??? I'd get a new lawyer..............

1326 days ago

en Todo Momento!!    

give the hotel a break, will ya? they thought he was a rockstar. i'm sure.

1326 days ago

Dave H    

I think it was the hairspray.

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Awww..... Don't blame it on the bums..... And then get money out of it.... If you REALLY think it was them.... then sue them, then donate the money to a place that can help shelter them and feed them to keep them away from stair way.....

Problem solved....

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If I'm not mistaken, he is/was a suspect in killing his wife.

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I had to re read this. If it was such a shady stairwell, why would his wife go down it at all without him and not use the elevator?

This just proves that since the case is still open, hubby did it and just is now providing some new found people to blame.

I'll be watching this one on the male version tv show of "SNAPPED".

1326 days ago

Sad sad    

Explain why a homeless person would kill his wife?

"Filthy clothing ... bottles full of urine ... and dirty blankets." Well there would have been plenty of evidence on her if that was the case. Dirty paws. He's not going to get squat. They still don't have anyone convicted. If it was him it was not the hotels fault he's a loon.

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