A cruise vacation turned into a nightmare for a woman, whose identity is preferred to be disclosed because of nature of the circumstances, when a she was sexually assaulted in the ladies’ room of a Carnival Cruise Line ship.
The passenger alleges a lawsuit filed in federal court, that she was sexually assaulted by a rotund woman while using a ladies’ room on the vessel, and the ship’s staff did nothing to apprehend her attacker. The incident occurred when she needed to use the restroom during an evening at the piano lounge aboard Carnival Corporation’s M/S/ Carnival Magic in early May 2014.
While in it, she says, she was confronted by a short African-American woman who weighed at least 200 pounds. According to the plaintiff, the defendant, who was wearing a leopard print shirt, slammed her against the hand drier and forced her to perform sexual acts. Luckily, she was able to free herself and run out of the restroom.
The plaintiff says she reported the incident to ship authorities the same night but nothing was done to identify or apprehend the attacker despite the vivid description she gave them. According to the complaint, the plaintiff suffered both physical injuries and emotional distress due to the attack, and has since suffered from depression and anxiety attacks that have required medical treatment.
The plaintiff is claiming that Carnival Corporation was negligent in the operation of its vessel and failed to take adequate steps to ensure its passengers were safe. Additionally, the cruise company breached its duty by “creating an unsafe condition of feeding high amounts of alcohol to its passengers at defendant’s restaurants, lounges and bars.”
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