December 20, 2002
A female crew member on Celebrity’s Millennium has filed suit against the company claiming she was raped and battered by two other onboard staffers. In the suit, the woman, who was a youth counselor, claims that Celebrity was lax in providing medical treatment and in preserving evidence of the alleged crime against her. The incident occurred early in the morning on November 1 after a crew Halloween party. The woman says she was drugged and then assaulted. After reporting the crime, she left the ship and Celebrity flew her to Miami, where she was treated at a hospital. She is currently not working on a Celebrity ship. In the meantime, the two male crew members were arrested by Bahamian Police on November 2, who charged them with rape. They posted bail and are awaiting trial in the Bahamas. A Celebrity spokesman from Celebrity parent company Royal Caribbean affirms the company’s tough policies against crime committed onboard its ships. “An allegation was made,” says Michael Sheehan. “We have a very strong zero tolerance policy regarding any alleged crime onboard on ships. It was immediately reported to the FBI and the Bahamian authorities. The Bahamians are investigating. Due to the pending nature of the matter we cannot provide further comment.” This is the second time in the past few years that Celebrity’s been served with a sexual assault suit. Last month, a federal jury awarded a woman $1 million; a passenger on Zenith in 1999 who had reported being sexually assaulted by a male crew member.