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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.

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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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46.

John    

Good Lord....Norman, Lola, Julia, Pit bull anyone with the slightest sense of humor would know I'm pulling someone's very easy to pull chain. Yank Yank Yank! Mr. Macias will do just fine as he always does.

1320 days ago
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Norm t    

#49 Your an idiot.

1319 days ago
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Bill Leslie    

http://www.millenniumhotels.com/millenniumlosangeles/gallery/index.html

Doesn't really look like the the kind of place hobos could just blend in.

1318 days ago
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Harden Thicke    

Been to this hotel before.. looks nice from the outside and the drinks are expensive, but the place is dump inside. You hardly see any security around. I can see how this can happen. The hotel should PAY UP!

1313 days ago
50.

MS    

I was at the hotel and everyword of this article is true about the bums and security. For all of you idiots that no notheing they have 1 security camera at the front desk, the hobos lived on the bottom to floors and had access thru an open door. Only guests that wer up and about practicing wouod see them roam thru the halls and security did not care. They alr4eady know who did it and for your info it was not joe . Get a lige

1306 days ago
51.

Rosie ogrady    

52 comments on a vert dull story of unknown people , i don't think so. Must be a family and enemies writing under 52 names maybe 5 or so . Wake Up!!!!

1305 days ago
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Lauren Finley    

I'm the daughter of Laura and Joe Finley. It seriously disgusts me that all of you actually take the time to comment on any article on here. This is a gossip website that turns stories around just for you idiots to read them. You have no idea what my family is going through. You have no idea what it's like to wake up every morning and realize my mom was brutally murdered. My parents were more in love than anyone you could ever know. And you would and will never know because I witnessed it every single day. Maybe you should think that these two people have children before writing your nasty comments. My dad is all I have left, and he is an amazing person. Obviously none of you have anything better to do with your lives. I hope you never have to feel our pain. And I also hope you realize my youngest brother is only 15 years old and just turned 15 days after my moms death. So keep judging. Youll never understand.

1303 days ago
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BETTY CARROLL    

I NO LONGER NEED TO KEEP SILENT. JOE FINLEY HAS BEEN CLEARED ON THE MURDER OF HIS WIFE, LAURA.OF COURSE, NO ONE IS HERE NOW TO READ THIS NEWS BECAUSE IT IS OLD BUSINESS. I SAW THE MAN WHO KILLED LAURA AND REPORTED IT TO THE LAPD. FOR SEVEN MONTHS I HAVE HAS TO SIT ON THIS INFORMATION WHILE THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION TRIED THIS HUSBAND, FATHER, BROTHER, SON, ETC WRONGFULLY. NO ONE IS HERE NOW TO APOLOGIZE TO HIM FOR THEIR PART IN THE ATTACK AGAINST HIM AND HIS FAMILY.THIS IS A SHAME THAT SO MANY PEOPLE JUST ASSUMED THEY NEW ALL THE FACTS WHEN THEY NEW ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. WHERE IS EVERYONE NOW..... NOW THAT A MURDERER IS ON THE STREETS OF LA WHO WILL KILL AGAIN AND HAS LEFT A FAMILY IN RUINS BECAUSE NO ONE LISTENED TO THEM. THIS IS NOT A PROUD DAY FOR ME TO BE AN AMERICAN.

1232 days ago
54.

sarah    

I was in the hotel that same night to audition for americas got talent to

1177 days ago
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