Amsterdam: Dutch prosecutors said they were considering charging an Amsterdam Airbnb property owner with attempted murder after he allegedly pushed a guest down a flight of stairs in a row about the check-out time.
Police said the alleged victim, South African woman Siba Nkumbi, had been treated for her injuries in hospital and would press charges.
Prosecutors were considering a charge of attempted murder but were still studying the facts, an official from the prosecutors office told Reuters.
A video purporting to show Nkumbi falling head first down a steep flight of stairs has appeared on social media.
2017.07.08: Amsterdam. One of my friends/ Inkanyiso crew members was pushed downstairs by the Airbnb owner where we stayed. He threw their belongings out ... for few mins late checkout. She collapsed and ended up in hospital. She suffered internal injuries and bruises. Am so angry with this I couldn't even sleep. This is racism and can't be justified... violence on black bodies as you can see in this video. #racism #evidence #visualactivism #Amsterdam 😭😭😭😭😭😭😰... #lessthan24hours ago ... a young black female pushed and hurt by a white male who screamed in a Dutch language. #genderbasedviolence ... 📹 by #LeratoDumse @dumselerato of @dulovemedia
Airbnb chief executive Brian Chesky would contact the guests involved, the company said in a statement sent to Reuters.
"Appalling and unconscionable behavior against members of our community runs counter to everything Airbnb stands for," David King, an Airbnb official, said.
"We will take the strongest actions we can against such abhorrent conduct, including banning people for life from our platform and assisting law enforcement with their investigation and potential prosecution. Nobody should ever be treated like this and it will not be tolerated.”
Airbnb is hugely popular in The Netherlands, attracting 1.4 million guests to the country in 2016....