A former tenant at the Hudson Hotel in Midtown, New York City has filed suit, claiming that he was â€œpoisonedâ€ by asbestos after the hotel improperly removed and disposed of asbestos.
The suit alleges that hotel workers removed asbestos from several apartments and disposed of it in an open box with a handmade sign that read â€œDanger Asbestos.â€ Plaintiff Thomas Pavese also stated that workers blew asbestos out of the windows and on to the street below with a hose. Pavese also recalled workers disposing of asbestos in hallway garbage cans belonging to hotel tenants.
Pavese is seeking over $50 million dollars in damages, citing health problems. He is also seeking restitution as a result of spent time in the hospital for a â€œchronic illness.â€
The hotel stated that asbestos removal began in 1999 but would not comment further.