On the weekend of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, a millionaire businessman who traveled to D.C. to celebrate the new president’s swearing-in was arrested and charged with sexual battery of two hotel maids at Washington’s downtown Mayflower hotel.
The Washington Post reported Sunday night that John Joseph Boswell was later convicted of misdemeanor sexual battery, sentenced to 10 days in jail — which he did not serve — and a mere six months’ probation, during which he was allowed to vacation in the Bahamas.
Boswell, the Post said, is the CEO of “Independent Stave Company, the world’s largest wine-and-whiskey barrel manufacturer. He lives in a 14,000-square-foot, $7 million mansion in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 20 miles from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.”
His victims were hotel maids, one of whom is an immigrant from Africa. [The Post — like most publications — does not identify victims of sexual assault by name.] She and her coworkers, like thousands of hotel housekeepers across the country, work in constant fear of just these types of assaults — which union surveys show happen to more than half of female hospitality workers.
The numbers may be even higher, but many hotel cleaners are immigrants and women of color who fear losing their jobs.