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    Thu, 19 Aug 2010 13:42:43

    Truth & Salvage Company Singer Files Suit Against Marriott Hotel Corporation - He was assaulted, arrested and jailed for trespassing...in his own room

    Tim Jones, one of the four singers/songwriters of the musical group Truth & Salvage Company, has filed a lawsuit against the Marriott Hotel Corporation. Why? He was shaken awake and ripped from his bed by hotel security and local police while sleeping at the Marriott Hotel in Visalia, California. Jones, a Marriott Rewards member and a registered guest staying the night at the Visalia Marriott in February 2010, was handcuffed, assaulted, taken to jail and cited for trespassing and resisting arrest in his own hotel room after performing at a concert earlier in the evening. In the wake of the assault and imprisonment, Jones filed suit against Marriott Hotel Corporation on four counts, including negligence, negligent supervision, assault and battery. Don't hotel employees check for "rewards member" status before roughing up a guest? To this day, no one is sure why the authorities acted this way towards Jones.

    Additionally, the singer/songwriter was forced to spend the night in a Visalia jail cell. Jones was finally released at noon the following day. Following the incident, Jones said, "I was shocked by the break-in and arrest. I kept telling them that I was a registered guest but they acted as if they couldn't hear a word I was saying."

    A month after the incident, Jones was set to be arraigned in the Tulare County Superior Court. Legal representatives of the band arrived at the courthouse to answer for Jones, only to find that the District Attorney's office had not filed any charges against Jones. To date, charges have not been filed and Visalia Police have refused to release the police incident report to the Los Angeles based Jordan Law Group, PLC; the Truth and Salvage legal team. Attorney Vahe Jordan was quoted as saying "We're hopeful that Marriott will accept responsibility for the way they treated Jones, who has been a loyal customer for many years."

    Jones later received medical treatment for injuries sustained during the arrest. Truth & Salvage Company are touring the United States in support of their self-titled debut album, which was released in May of this year and was produced by Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes.

    How should Marriott make it up to Jones? A month's worth of free stays?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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