Story By: William McGee, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
The runner-up of Brazil’s Miss BumBum pageant has filed a police report after she said she was the victim of racism at a Hilton hotel in Rio de Janeiro.
Stunning Juh Campos came second behind rival Lunna LeBlanc in the coveted competition to reward the owner of Brazil’s best buttocks on 5th July.
The alleged incident took place at the Hilton hotel in Rio’s upmarket Copacabana neighbourhood on Friday, 23rd July.
Juh told news site NaTelinha she went to the hotel with a trans friend, where the receptionist asked her to provide the card used to make the booking.
Juh said she told the receptionist that the person who had made the booking would arrive a little over an hour later. However, she was barred from using the hotel’s facilities until that person arrived.
She said: “When I arrived, I was treated differently. My reservation was for 3 pm, I had had a busy day, I arrived after 9 pm.
“The employee asked if I had made the reservation myself, doubting me, looking at me funny. He asked if I had the card.
“I explained that the person who was going to stay with me would arrive in an hour and a half, and I asked to use the restaurant to eat and to go to the room, as I was tired.
“He said I could, only if I paid a fee. I asked if they had Pix for me to make a transfer, but he said he could only do this during business hours.”
Juh, who most recently announced she plans to run for President of Brazil in the near future, said the receptionist stopped attending her to let other guests in, and left her waiting.
She said: “He went back to the computer screen like I wasn’t there. I asked to speak to the manager.
“They were constantly making it difficult for me to check into the hotel and suggested I go to withdraw money two blocks away.
“I went alone at 10 pm to look for an ATM, would he have done that to a gringo?”
“When I withdrew the money and paid, he gave me the card and said that the restaurant was now closed.
“I said that as soon as I arrived I asked to use the restaurant, and he even suggested there was a restaurant nearby.”
Despite her unpleasant experience, Juh eventually did stay at the hotel for two nights while she did some marketing work, modelling and influencing.
She filed a police report over the incident on Sunday, 25th July.
She said: “In the 21st century, discrimination based on social class, racism, transphobia – because he saw my friend and called her ‘him’ – is unacceptable.”
The Hilton has since said in a statement that it does not tolerate racism in any form.
It said: “We take this matter very seriously and continue our internal investigation into the reported allegation.”