Pierre Hotel Maids Learn Self-Defense to Prevent Sexual Assault


After prominent Egyptian banker Mahmoud Abdel-Salam Omar was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a maid at The Pierre Hotel (to say nothing of DSK’s alleged attack on a maid at the Sofitel), management has decided that they aren’t going to take any more chances. Yesterday, the entire staff of the famous hotel took self-defense classes with second-degree-blackbelt instructor Mary Ann Carron. The staff took half-hour classes in shifts while dressed in their full uniforms (including high heels). The staffers reported that after the classes, they were more confident in their abilities to defend themselves. One employee told the Post, “It was good… I feel prepared.” John Turchiano, a spokesman for the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council is confident that other hotels will take the Pierre’s lead and start offering similar training. [NYP]