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'AGT' Contestant Sues Hotel

You Took Death Pics

of My Murdered Wife

8/6/2012 4:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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A former "America's Got Talent" contestant is suing the L.A. hotel where his wife was murdered back in 2010 ... claiming the hotel's head of security snapped photos of his wife's half-naked lifeless body and then showed them off at the hotel bar ... just for kicks.

The man behind the lawsuit is Joe Finley -- who was staying at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in L.A. with his wife the night before he was scheduled to audition for "AGT."  But before the audition, Joe's wife's body was discovered at the bottom of a hotel staircase, wearing only pants ... naked from the waist up.

Joe believes his wife was killed by vagrants who entered through an unlocked door and attacked his wife while she was getting ice from the hotel ice machine.

But in new legal docs just filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Joe -- along with the couple's children -- claims hotel personnel acted in a disgusting manner in the moments following the tragedy.

Joe claims the Biltmore's Head of Security, Arthur Smith, "took a gruesome death picture of [Laura Finley] and disseminated that photo to the general public."

Joe claims Smith even flashed the topless death pic at the hotel bar for "no investigative purposes, but for macabre effect."

Joe filed the new allegations as part of his wrongful death lawsuit  against the Biltmore. He's now seeking additional unspecified damages for emotional distress and invasion of privacy.

So far, no comment from the Biltmore.

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Poule    

Where are we heading to...?

757 days ago
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lyleswifey    

Wow!!! This is just sick!!! I hope they take him down..sounds like the hotel gentleman that took the pictures is bragging look what I did...sick!!

757 days ago
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Keith    

If this is true, it's one of the most disgusting things I've ever read..... How awful. :(

757 days ago
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Poule    

We ain't talking about famous people here TMZ !!!

My concierge has problems also.

757 days ago
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Poule    

Don't sue man, just kick the sh1t out of the guy.
I would take care of it myself.
You don't want money but justice !

757 days ago
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devilgirl    

He probably killed her.

757 days ago
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jdritsch    

My only question is why is this surfacing now, 2 year after her death? Why didn’t the husband sue right from the get go?

757 days ago
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LDB    

I doubt dude was fired

757 days ago
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jv65    

Why was she getting ice topless??

757 days ago
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parlayer    

Ban cameras! right after 16oz sodas

757 days ago
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Heather     

This man is sick do a little research - this ******* killed his wife! NOW he is sue the hotel for wrongful death...why are men like this jackass still walking the planet.

757 days ago
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Joao    

LA courts: where you get the verdict you pay for. If you're going against the Millennium Biltmore Hotel you had better own a country. Hate to say that but those courts have the backs of the rich and famous even the infamous if they have enough money.

757 days ago
13.

Uh    

He should have sold the picture in question to TMZ (financed by Warner). After all, TMZ published the picture of Housten's bath water she had drowned in only shortly before. I bet they paid good money for that one..at least $50.00.

757 days ago
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Rich     

Have you ever met these hotel security? It's a low grade rent-a-cop position. They haven't a clue!!!

757 days ago
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nicky    

That guard should have a lie detector test.
That is not only disgusting but suspicious.
Hope they win this lawsuit.

757 days ago
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