A woman who was on a New Year’s cruise on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship has alleged in a federal lawsuit that she was sexually assaulted by a crewmember. The woman claims she was attacked on Jan. 1 during an eastern Caribbean cruise on the Navigator of the Seas.
According to the lawsuit filed in U.S District Court, the alleged victim had gone to use the whirlpool in the morning and asked a crew member for a towel. He led her into a bathroom and assaulted her.
According to the woman’s attorney, ship surveillance video showed his client going into the bathroom, and then trying to escape and being dragged back into the room by the alleged assailant. The woman was able to escape and reported the attack to ship’s security immediately.
Although it’s not entirely clear what happened next, the attorney says that the alleged assailant was taken into custody and was kicked off the ship at the next overseas port. While a company spokesman for Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises claims that ship security officers reported the incident to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement at St. Kitts, The Miami Herald says the crewmember was never arrested.
“This is a problem in the cruise industry,” the woman’s attorney said. “If the company cared, it wouldn’t just turn this guy loose in the nearest port.”
Royal Caribbean did say that the crewmember is no longer employed with the company.
A cruise ship company has a duty to provide care for its passengers and to hire responsible help who will look after them. If you’ve been harmed in any way during a cruise, the Jacksonville cruise ship passenger injury attorneys at Farah & Farah can investigate your claim and will do everything to hold the liable parties accountable. Call us at (800) 533-3555. We’re here to help.