A law firm tried to blame a 9-year-old girl for failing to notice an iPhone camera that a former American Airlines flight attendant secretly taped to a toilet seat.

American Airlines has replaced the law firm that told a judge that a 9-year-old girl was negligent for failing to notice a camera phone taped to the seat in an airplane bathroom.

An airline spokesperson confirmed Friday that the Wilson Elser law firm is no longer defending American in a lawsuit filed by the girl’s family.

American hired Kelly Hart & Hallman, a Fort Worth-based firm that has done extensive work for American on other matters.

The change of attorneys came after Wilson Elser said in a court document that any harm suffered by the girl could be attributed to her “fault and negligence” for using the bathroom, “which she knew or should have known contained a visible and illuminated recording. “

A former American flight attendant is accused of luring girls to use the bathroom after taping her iPhone to the toilet seat and explaining that the seat was broken. Estes Carter Thompson III, fired by American, pleaded not guilty this week to attempted sexual exploitation of children and possession of child sexual abuse images.

The 9-year-old girl’s family sued American in state court in Austin, Texas, after the FBI told them videos of the girl were found on the flight attendant’s phone.

“With the benefit of this new legal representation, we hope that American Airlines will reconsider the case and finally take some responsibility for what happened to our client,” said Paul Llewellyn, an attorney for the girl’s family.

Llewellyn also represents the family of a 14-year-old boy who is suing American in federal court in North Carolina over the alleged acts of the same flight attendant.

Wilson Elser did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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