Live-in nanny sues her Staten Island boss and father of four for ‘filming her in secret with video camera hidden in smoke detector’
- Colombian-born au pair Kelly Andrade, 25, has filed a lawsuit against boss Michael Esposito for allegedly secretly filming her ‘hundreds’ of times
- She claims he hid a camera hidden in a smoke detector in her bedroom
- She says she spent hundreds of hours training upon being hired by Cultural Care Au Pair, who sent her to work in the US and placed her with the Esposito family
- Esposito, who owns three LaRosa Grill franchises, was hit with a felony charge of unlawful surveillance after being arrested in March
- After his arrest, Esposito’s lawyer insisted: ‘Any cameras that were installed were installed in his own home for security purposes’
- Andrade is seeking unspecified damages from Esposito and Cultural Care
The 25-year-old nanny claimed she jumped out of her bedroom window to escape the terrifying confrontation
A live-in nanny has sued her boss for allegedly secretly filming her ‘hundreds’ of times in various stages of undress with a camera hidden in a smoke detector in her room.
Father of four Michael Esposito was arrested on March 24 after Colombian-born Kelly Andrade says she found the camera at the home in New York’s Staten Island.
She claims that her boss rushed home and tried to break her door down when he realized she had discovered the hidden camera.
The 25-year-old nanny claimed she jumped out of her bedroom window to escape the terrifying confrontation, believing Esposito might be armed with a gun.
Esposito, who owns three LaRosa Grill franchises, was hit with a felony charge of unlawful surveillance, the New York Post reports.
Andrade says in her lawsuit that she spent hundreds of hours training upon being hired by Cultural Care Au Pair, who sent her to work in the United States.
She was placed with Esposito and his wife Danielle to look after his four children in the family’s $800,000 waterfront Tottenville home, according to the Post.
Through a translator, Andrade told the Post that she was initially thrilled for the chance to learn English and work in the US, and the Espositos gave her a private bedroom of her own while she watched their young children.
But she says she became suspicious after finding Esposito frequently adjusting the smoke detector in her bedroom.
Three weeks into the job she inspected the device and discovered the camera.
A live-in nanny has sued her Staten Island boss for secretly filming her ‘hundreds’ of times in various stages of undress
She says her boss arrived home ‘within minutes’ and ‘seemed very worried when he arrived to the house’.
The au pair claims that she tried to pretend to be asleep but that Esposito banged repeatedly on the locked door, and she jumped from a window out of fear.
She then ran down the street and fled to a nearby police station, where she gave them the memory card she had found in the camera.
The lawsuit claims it contained ‘hundreds of recordings’ showing her nude or partially dressed.
She told the Post: ‘On top of what had just happened, now I don’t have a place to stay, I’m in a completely unknown country.’
‘I’m alone. I don’t have any money, I don’t know what I’m going to eat, I don’t know what I’m going to do tomorrow,’ she said, before adding the entire ordeal has left her ‘suicidal.’
After Esposito’s arrest, his lawyer denied the allegations.
Attorney Joseph Sorrentino told SILive.com: ‘Any cameras that were installed were installed in his own home for security purposes.
‘This was not the kind of situation where it’s her home or her room or her bedroom or in a dressing room.’
‘This is the defendant’s own home where he lives with his family and there are multiple security cameras.’
But images released by Andrade’s lawyers appear to show the au pair asleep and sat on her bed.
Andrade is suing the Espositos and Cultural Care for unspecified damages over her claims of a hostile work environment and workplace discrimination, according to the Post.
‘We’re alleging that Cultural Care had a responsibility for her safety,’ Andrade’s lawyer Zachary Holzberg said.
Esposito faces unlawful surveillance charges and has been released on his own recognizance.