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Airbnb announced Monday it will sue the man who booked a Cincinnati apartment where a handyman was shot Aug. 16 trying to break up a party.

Stephen Knight, 31, was assaulted then shot in the 1300 block of Broadway Street in Cincinnati’s Pendleton neighborhood, highlighting a widespread problem with Airbnb rentals being used for parties against the company’s COVID-19 policy.

“The company notified the guest Friday of its intent to bring legal action, alleging negligence, violation of Airbnb’s Community Standards, and that the guest booked the listing under false pretenses,” the company said in a statement. “Airbnb has removed the guest from the platform.”

The suit has not yet been filed and Airbnb did not name the renter. According to Airbnb’s terms of service, a lawsuit cannot be filed immediately against a renter. People must be given 30 days notice.

Ken Knight, Stephen Knight’s father, said