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Carnival Cruise Line to pay over $10M in damages after jury finds crew member sexually assaulted a passenger aboard a ship

A jury issued the decision Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida discovering Carnival responsible for damages to the plaintiff, referred to as Jane Doe, for false imprisonment and sexual assault by a crew member, Fredy Anggara, in December 2018.

The jury individually discovered that Carnival was not negligent and that the previous crew member didn’t deliberately inflict emotional misery on Doe.

The plaintiff filed a grievance towards Carnival Cruise Line in November 2019, practically a yr after the incident befell. Anggara is just not a defendant in the lawsuit.

At the time of the sexual assault, the plaintiff was 21 years outdated and touring together with her buddy and her buddy’s household, in accordance to the grievance.

The incident occurred on the final night time of the cruise, in the early morning hours of December 2, 2018, in accordance to court docket paperwork. After having dinner together with her buddy and two different passengers, the plaintiff grew to become extremely intoxicated, in accordance to the plaintiff’s legal professional, Daniel Courtney.

The plaintiff had additionally slipped and hit her head on the ship’s pool deck, court docket paperwork present.

Soon after, the plaintiff encountered Anggara, who was 27 on the time, and claims she ended up in a closet with him the place the sexual assault occurred, court docket paperwork present.

“Doe does not recall going in or out of the closet, but Mr. Anggara was holding her hand as they entered. Doe believed that Mr. Anggara was keeping the door to the closet locked,” court docket paperwork present.

Carnival Cruise Line says the incident between the plaintiff and Anggara was consensual, in accordance to a assertion issued Tuesday, and plans to enchantment the court docket’s choice.

“The crewmember admitted that he had a consensual sexual encounter with the guest which is consistent with an investigation by the FBI,” the assertion reads.

Following the incident, FBI brokers got here aboard the ship and questioned the plaintiff, a grievance reveals. The plaintiff then gave a assertion whereas being video recorded by Carnival.

CNN has reached out to the FBI and filed a FOIA request relating to its investigation into the incident.

Prior to trial, the court docket discovered that Doe had confirmed her false imprisonment declare.

In an opinion, the court docket dominated, “There is no evidence that the jury could rely on to reject Doe’s undisputed recollection that at some point inside the closet Mr. Anggara did not let her exit the closet after she sought to do so. For that period of time, Plaintiff’s claim for false imprisonment has been established as a matter of law.”

Anggara was fired instantly after the incident befell, in accordance with Carnival’s zero-tolerance coverage for crew fraternization with visitors, the assertion from Carnival says.

Following the incident, Anggara informed Carnival in a written assertion that the plaintiff selected to go inside a closet with Anggara and interact in sexual relations, in accordance to court docket data.

Courtney, the plaintiff’s legal professional, maintains his consumer is a sufferer of sexual assault.

“I am so grateful my client was able to experience a well-run, orderly, and fair trial, despite Carnival’s best efforts to poison the jury with inappropriate comments throughout the proceedings,” Courtney stated in a assertion Wednesday. “We fully expect Carnival to appeal as they have never done the right thing when it comes to my brave client.”

Courtney additionally informed CNN that Anggara was not arrested after the incident befell and it’s unclear the place he’s presently.

CNN has not been in a position to contact Anggara.

CNN’s Amanda Jackson contributed to this report.

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