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Cecil Hotel Manager Denies Claims She 'Edited' Eliza Lam Elevator Footage

Cecil Hotel Manager Denies Claims She 'Edited' Eliza Lam Elevator Footage

The former Cecil Hotel manager has refuted claims that she edited the Elisa Lam elevator footage following the premiere of Netflix's docu-series Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel.

Amy Price, who is the former general manager of the Cecil Hotel, was interviewed by E! where she reiterated that she gave the police the elevator footage. She said: "First of all, I provided the footage. When it was presented to me...it's bizarre."

The video went viral when it was released to the public on 15th February 2013 during the investigation into the disappearance of Elisa Lam. Amateur internet sleuths suggested that it had been tampered with.

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The docu-series addresses the claims that the video appeared to be slowed down, the time stamp was blurred and almost a minute of footage was allegedly missing.

The Cecil Hotel is the setting for Netflix's newest true crime docu-series, Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel, which unpacks the mysterious death of Elisa Lam as well as a host of other strange cases that have happened at the hotel.

The CCTV footage of Elisa Lam in the elevator led to lots of speculation about her disappearance (Credit: Cecil Hotel/Netflix)
The CCTV footage of Elisa Lam in the elevator led to lots of speculation about her disappearance (Credit: Cecil Hotel/Netflix)

"That's absolutely false," Amy said of the tampering accusations. "I was a little surprised to hear that. I really hadn't heard that before the documentary. I'm not surprised people feel that way based on the momentum that a lot of the sleuths have."

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Amy said the Cecil Hotel cooperated with the police, "from the moment they arrived".

"There wasn't even a chance to even look at the tapes myself, I just handed them over. I provided a room for them to review them and that's exactly what they did."

At present, the Cecil Hotel is not open to the public and it is currently undergoing renovations, which were set to be finished this year. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, re-opening could be delayed even further.

The Cecil Hotel is notorious for being the location for dozens of disturbing events including many unexplained deaths (Credit: Netflix)
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It's also worth noting that the hotel isn't actually called the Cecil Hotel anymore. In 2007, the hotel was sold for $26million (£18.8million) and rebranded in 2011 as Stay on Main. It was bought again in 2014, before closing in 2017 for a total revamp.

The newly refurbed hotel is set to include a lounge, gym and rooftop pool. it's thought to be reopening in October, but nothing is confirmed yet.

Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel is available to stream on Netflix.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV and Film, True Crime, Netflix

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Gregory Robinson

Gregory is a journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a master's degree in journalism, he has worked for both print and online publications and is particularly interested in TV, (pop) music and lifestyle. He loves Madonna, teen dramas from the 90s and prefers tea over coffee. Get in touch [email protected]