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Knoxville News Sentinal the plastic cover on the light fixture," Herston Section: A Section wrote in the lawsuit. "He called the front desk, Edition: Final apologized and offered to pay for the fixture." Page: A1 But while he was waiting for someone to fix the damage, Brewer noticed wires and discovered a Published: September 25, 2002 small video camera. Ohio man files $1.5M suit against A further look by security personnel confirmed that it was an elaborate, self-contained, video Marriott recording system. Randy Kenner, News-Sentinel staff writer "The video camera was connected to the bathroom light switch such that the camera would [Correction: 09/26/2002 begin recording when the bathroom light was * Bryan Brewer, who filed a lawsuit against the turned on and would stop recording when (it) was Knoxville Marriott, did not qualify for Hawaii's turned off," the lawsuit states. Ironman Triathlon. That information was incorrect in Wednesday's editions.] Herston said that the equipment had a film of dust on it indicating that it had been there for some An Ohio man filed a $1.5 million lawsuit Tuesday time. It also had a piece of tape on it indicating the against the Knoxville Marriott hotel after finding a room number, Room 253. hidden camera in a bathroom light fixture in July.Bryan Brewer discovered the small video Herston said that Marriott employees let Brewer camera after noticing a tiny black spot - which he view the tape in their presence but refused to give thought was an insect but turned out to be a hole - it to him. in the fixture, according to the lawsuit. The tape and video equipment have been turned At the time Brewer, the vice president of a over to the Sheriff's Department. California company, was staying at the Marriott while on business. The Sheriff's Department also has refused to give him the tape, Herston said. His attorney, K.O. Herston, filed the lawsuit in Knox County Circuit Court. Named as defendants He also said he's not sure why the Sheriff's are Marriott International Inc. and Columbia Department is investigating the case since the Sussex Corp., a Fort Mitchell, Ky., corporation that Knoxville Police Department is next door to the operated at least 28 Marriotts with more than Marriott. 8,500 rooms. Herston said the detective handling the case told "The allegations have been turned over to the him, "'All I know is that I was called to the scene proper authorities, who we are cooperating with and I responded to the call.'" fully," said Doug Allen, the general manager of the downtown Marriott. Marriott officials said they have inspected other rooms at the hotel but have refused to say what, if Allen declined to comment any further, citing an anything, was found, Herston said. ongoing investigation by the Knox County Sheriff's "There are a lot of questions and we need some Department. Brewer, contacted Tuesday, declined answers," Herston said before adding, "How many comment. other people were taped?" According to the lawsuit, Brewer, 27, a triathlete Martha Dooley, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's good enough to qualify for Hawaii's Ironman Department, said the reason the tape isn't being Triathlon, discovered the camera on the morning turned over is because, "It is an ongoing of July 11. investigation." "Thinking it might be an insect, Mr. Brewer swatted As for the office handling the case, Dooley said, at the black spot, thereby inadvertently breaking "We routinely answer calls from businesses and residences in the city as well as the county." Knoxville News Sentinel Section: Local & State Someone from the hotel apparently called the Edition: Final Sheriff's Department directly. Page: B1 KPD spokesman Darrell DeBusk said that KPD did not receive a call from the hotel. Published: October 11, 2002 The lawsuit contends that Brewer has suffered Marriott still mum on hidden camera harm as a result of the discovery. suit "In Mr. Brewer's case, he has become paranoid," Herston indicated. "He hates to travel now and Randy Kenner, News-Sentinel staff writer that has caused tension at work since his job requires so much travel. When he does travel, he In the two weeks since he filed a lawsuit against spends a lot of time going over every inch of his the Knoxville Marriott for a client who discovered a hotel room to make sure it is safe. hidden camera in his room, K.O. Herston has fielded dozens of phones calls from across the "This has really affected his career and well- country.The Knoxville lawyer has received being." inquiries from people who stayed at the Marriott, from reporters, from lawyers. In addition to the $1.5 million in damages, Brewer also seeks the return of all copies of the But he's not heard from the people he wants to videotaped recording of him. hear from the most. Brewer has not been back in Knoxville since the "Not a word," Herston said. "I haven't heard a word incident. from the Marriott or the Sheriff's Department." "If he comes back, he certainly won't stay at the Herston filed a $1.5 million lawsuit on behalf of Marriott," Herston said. Bryan Brewer, an Ohio man who discovered the small video camera hidden in a light fixture in his Randy Kenner may be reached at 865-342-6305 bathroom on the morning of July 11. The camera or email@example.com was set to begin recording when the bathroom light was turned on. The matter has been under investigation since then by the Knox County Sheriff's Department, but neither it nor the Marriott has had much to say. A Marriott official said Thursday the company could not comment on the case, and Sheriff Tim Hutchison's office did not return calls. "It is still an ongoing investigation and we would not be able to have any comment on it," said Bill Jordan, the Marriott's director of marketing. After the lawsuit was filed last month, Martha Dooley, a sheriff's spokeswoman, declined to comment on the status of the case because it was an ongoing investigation. But the hotel will have to respond later this month when the deadline for answering the lawsuit arrives. The indictment was returned less than two weeks Marriott International Inc. and Columbia Sussex, a after Brewer filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against the Fort Mitchell, Ky., corporation that operates the Marriott that states he discovered a small video Marriott here and at least 28 others, are the camera in the bathroom of his hotel room July 11. defendants in the case. According to the lawsuit, Brewer found the camera "Everything is just in a waiting mode," Herston when he noticed on a light fixture a small black said. "We're waiting to see what their answer will spot that he thought was an insect but turned out be." to be a tiny hole. Brewer, 27, discovered the camera when he He swatted at the spot, inadvertently breaking the noticed a tiny black spot - which he thought was plastic fixture. Inside, he discovered a self- an insect but turned out to be a hole - in the contained video recording system that was wired fixture. to begin recording when the bathroom light was turned on, the lawsuit states. The lawsuit was filed Sept. 24 in Knox County The discovery of the camera is being investigated Circuit Court. by the Knox County Sheriff's Office. Randy Kenner may be reached at 865-342-6305 Brewer at the time was in Knoxville on business or firstname.lastname@example.org for his former employer, Montech Financial Knoxville News Sentinal Systems Management. Section: A Section Edition: Final The Anaheim, Calif.-based firm offers a variety of Page: A1 asset protection services, including "a complete financial management solution incorporating a wide array of advanced security tools," according to its Web site. Published: October 24, 2002 Brewer, however, did not work in the technical end of the business, according to his attorney, K.O. Litigant vs. Marriott faces Ohio Herston of Knoxville. indictment "He doesn't do anything like that," Herston said Wednesday. "He has a master's degree in Randy Kenner, News-Sentinel staff writer business administration, and he deals with financial issues." Herston said Brewer no longer A man who sued the Knoxville Marriott after he works for the company. said he found a hidden video camera in his room has been indicted on unrelated fraud charges in The Ohio charges allegedly occurred in April when Ohio.Bryan L. Brewer, who now resides in Florida, Brewer and his wife separated and moved. was indicted by a Geauga County, Ohio, grand jury earlier this month on charges he tried to "In the course of (the move), he claimed the defraud an insurance company out of several movers damaged the hardwood floor of their thousand dollars. house," said Todd Boyer, communications director for the Ohio Department of Insurance. Brewer, 27, who resided in Chardon, Ohio, until recently, denied any wrongdoing Wednesday Boyer said the insurance company estimated the evening, saying he was innocent of the charges damage at a little more than $900. and would be exonerated. "He (Brewer) allegedly altered the estimate," "I'm sure, eventually, everything will come out," he Boyer said. said. The altered document indicated that the estimate Brewer is scheduled to appear Friday in court in was more than $9,000, not $900, Boyer said. Ohio. He said the insurance company, suspicious that the document might have been altered, contacted the department of insurance. The subsequent investigation resulted in the two-count indictment. Randy Kenner may be reached at 865-342-6305 or email@example.com
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