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Aiken man recorded minor female guest during stay, another lawsuit alleges

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Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 4:11 PM EDT
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AIKEN, S.C (WRDW/WAGT) - An Aiken man is named in another lawsuit which alleges a hidden camera recorded a 16-year-old female guest during her stay.

The lawsuit filed on August 28, 2020, names Rhett Riviere as the defendant.

From July 21-22, 2019, the 16-year-old and her 19-year-old friend rented and stayed at Riviere’s property known as “Sea Horse Ranch,” located in Aiken, the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit further documents that the two rented the property in cash. The transaction was not made through Airbnb.

The two planned to stay outdoors, “camping style,” the complaint reads. They were later convinced to stay in the home after the defendant “repeatedly insisted.”

The plaintiff was later informed by an agent from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division that there were videos of her from her stay. The complaint alleges Riviere set up video surveillance equipment in the home’s bedroom.

“[The] Defendant’s conduct was so extreme and outrageous as to exceed all possible bounds of decency and must be regarded as atrocious, and utterly intolerable in a civilized community,” the lawsuit reads.

In court documents filed in November 2020, Riviere denied the allegations.

Another lawsuit filed on April 28 makes similar allegations against Riviere and co-defendant Katherine A. Thomas.

That lawsuit states the plaintiff and her two female friends were recorded while they stayed in an Airbnb managed by Riviere and Thomas called the “Stirrup Cup Cottage” located on Third Avenue in the downtown area of Aiken, from May 17-20, 2019.

Both lawsuits are seeking compensation for damages and are requesting jury trials.

On Tuesday, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division confirmed their investigation remains ongoing. No criminal charges have been made.

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