Escorts boss claims $10m

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 August, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 August, 1996, 12:00am

Escort agency boss Roberta Hilburn Chan is suing her doctor for $10.45 million over a sore finger.

Ms Hilburn, 54, is the owner of a string of escort services including Europea, Dial A Blonde, In Praise of Older Women and The Belt.

She claims in a writ filed against Dr Daniel Wu Yiang that her ring finger was 'severely injured' resulting in 'permanent disability and disfigurement' as a result of surgery he performed.

Ms Hilburn is suing for $444,000 in lost income and $10 million for emotional damage.

'I have lost income during 32 days of hospitalisation at $6,000 per day amounting to $192,000,' the writ says.

'Also, spending 84 half-days in physiotherapy, occupational therapy and medical consultations has cost me $3,000 per day in lost income, amounting to $252,000.' Ms Hilburn claims she skipped holidays and 'avoided certain social events' because of 'the embarrassment of wearing splints and bandages' on her finger.

The Wan Chai escort agency boss claims she 'endured three years living with the dread and anxiety of repeated surgery, the fear of disability and the shame and horror of disfigurement'.

Ms Hilburn made news when a photograph of her with a client was splashed across the October 19, 1994, cover of Eastweek. The client was a reporter and the camera was hidden in the hotel room's television.

Two days later she was beaten with a baseball bat and stabbed in the stomach.