New Jersey Couple Sues Sandals for Sexual Assault Incident
A New Jersey couple is seeking $30 million from Sandals Resorts International in a lawsuit alleging that their 2016 destination wedding at the Sandals Royal Bahamian in Nassau was marred by an incident of sexual assault involving a Sandals employee.
Ashley Reid Pascarella and Jeffrey T. Pascarella filed the claim in Manhattan Supreme Court last month, claiming that Sandals' "negligent, deficient and careless" hiring practices ruined the couple's wedding and inflicted lasting psychological damage.
The Pascarellas booked their wedding package at the Sandals Royal Bahamian for April 2016. In addition to a wedding ceremony and celebrations for approximately 70 guests, the package promised various extras, including a personal wedding butler service.
According to the complaint, Ashley Reid Pascarella was assaulted in her room the evening before her wedding by Moral Adderley, the Sandals employee assigned to serve as the couple's personal butler. Adderley was subsequently arrested and pleaded guilty to indecent assault.
In a statement, a Sandals spokesperson said that the company is dedicated to "the safety and experience of all our guests, [and] we take this type of allegation very seriously."
The spokesperson added, however, that the Pascarellas' lawsuit "presents a self-serving, one-sided and incomplete version of an incident reported in 2016," and that "the plaintiffs have unfortunately embarked to influence the case using a choreographed media campaign based on their one-sided narrative."
Sandals said that it hosts more than 10,000 weddings across its 24 resorts each year.
Source: Travel Weekly