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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

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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Is that guard still working at that hotel?
Why haven't the police questioned him after 2 years?
Something sounds weird...

745 days ago


Hey Loser, which is worse, that guy's supposedly taking your wife's topless picture or you killing her? Some piece of work, killing her and trying this. I guess it shows that his reason for murdering her was sheer territorial pissing. Pathetic.

745 days ago


He paid someone to kill her,it is everyone that was there.

745 days ago


wow that is discusting

745 days ago


Isn't this the guy who was rolling on ecstacy with his wife when this "murder" occurred?

745 days ago


I remember when TMZ first reported this death. It's been so long. I wondered whatever happened to the investigation. It was very strange cir***stances surrounding her death. Was her husband ever a suspect? I cant recall if he was., but there was an odd timeline of events as well.

745 days ago


That spellcheck is hilarious, TMZ. I can't write that simple word cause your filters think I'm saying what a man does when he orgasms. I'm laughing.

745 days ago


If only those vagrants had taken pics ...

745 days ago


The story sounds fishy. Maybe he killed his wife. How does he know this "Head of Security" took the picture and flashed it around?

745 days ago


TMZ, report the truth. Police said it had nothing to do with foul play. Joe Finley admitted they were boozing and high on ecstasy before her death. She fell down the stairs, plain and simple. It's an unfortunate, accidental death. And her shirt was probably off BECAUSE she fell down the stairs, drunk and high out of her mind.

Laura Finley was NOT murdered. The only one claiming she was murdered was her husband.

745 days ago


See if the guy with the trophy picture killed her

745 days ago

no one you know    

"former" contestant? meaning her went ahead and auditioned the day after his wife was found dead?!?!

745 days ago


Or, maybe he paid some vagrants to bump her off. You know, a Big Star has to be a player. I'm sure vagrants would naturally be roaming the halls of the Millenium Biltmore. Yeah, right.

744 days ago


Good...I hope you get justice.

744 days ago


If that is true the person is sick and twisted. Send him to Iraq

744 days ago
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