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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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Jackazz flatts    

They should have asked for a room without Hobos

1260 days ago


Finley was arrested for possession of ecstacy the night she died.
No brainer.

1260 days ago


Wow I Got a free Gucci Bag and heels here! Ballin! -

1260 days ago


He did kill his wife, the family thinks so too.. Really a homeless person just killed her for the heck of it?? Give me a break.

1260 days ago

Blue Lake    

Arrest this d-bag. He's the only bum around. He murdered his wife and the mother of his kids.

1260 days ago


@15 (Joe)- You are correct about him being a suspect. Last time I heard he was the ONLY suspect or person of interest. I personally think one of the Lohans did it...probably Dina!

1259 days ago

Norm t    

I know for a fact, Mr. Finley is very well represented.

If the hotel has any brains they'll settle up real quick.

1259 days ago


Sounds like she had no life insurance. Got to go to plan B

1259 days ago


the biltmorw is directly across from pershing square, where a lot of transients hang out in dtla. however, anyone who has ever been to the biltmore, let alone stayed at the biltmore, will tell you that no transients are getting inside, let alone getting up to guest rooms. not a chance in hell a transient killed anyone. they have plenty of security tapes (not necessarily in hallways though) and what that tells you is that this guy is screwed.

1259 days ago


Pfft- this is such BS. Im a homeless outreach worker in downtown LA, and this is nowhere NEAR where any homeless would congregate. What a fat, disgusting POS. He's obviously using this as an alibi, and once it goes to court, he will get laughed at...

1259 days ago


@Joshua- EXACTLY. LOL, can you imagine any homeless hanging out in the tea room or the bar? This guy is such a douche. Way to "do his research". He's so guilty!

1259 days ago


This fat, talentless ****er killed her and it's been known from the beginning. They are still making the case on him. he'll go down, don't worry.

1259 days ago


Oh Yea, because homeless people are all murderers,too,right?

1259 days ago


The best defense is a good offense...

1259 days ago


The killer (or killers) remain unknown. Could the culprit have been someone that the victim knew? This cannot be ruled out. Could the hotel have provided better security? Perhaps. Are they totally responsible? No.

1259 days ago
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