Woman suing North Charleston Embassy Suites claims employee raped her

Terrill S. Nelson (Charleston County Detention Center).jpg
Terrill S. Nelson (Charleston County Detention Center)

A woman who says she was raped by an employee of Embassy Suites in North Charleston is expected to announce a lawsuit Monday against the hotel, its parent company (Hilton Worldwide) and the man she claims sexually assaulted her.

State Rep. Justin Bamberg, attorney for plaintiff Jacquetta Deas, held a press conference with his client Monday to discuss details of the alleged assault and the pending lawsuit.

“I want all women around the world to know they have the right to come forward. I stand up for those who have been sexually assaulted and those who have been victimized by someone who they may know or do not know,” said Deas.

According to Bamberg, Deas says she was raped by a hotel maintenance worker while staying at the North Charleston Embassy Suites in June 2018.

“She was enticed by an employee of Embassy Suites to come to a very desolate area of the hotel and then force into a stairwell where she was sexually assaulted,” says Greg Francis, another of Deas’ attorneys.

The hotel employee, Terrill Nelson, was later arrested by North Charleston Police. He is charged with second degree criminal sexual conduct. He's currently out of jail awaiting trial after posting $100,000 bail.

Embassy Suites did not respond to requests for comment related to this story.

(Watch the press conference in the video player below.)