Sexual Assault Allegations on Margaritaville Cruise: Third Passenger Sues

A third passenger on a Jimmy Buffett-themed cruise from the Port of Palm Beach to the Bahamas claims she was raped during the trip. She sued Margaritaville at Sea Paradise in June, following two other women who had already settled with the cruise line after accusing a bartender of raping them in their room.

The latest lawsuit involves a woman from Missouri who says she was attacked in a seaside hotel on Grand Bahama island, where Margaritaville arranged for passengers to stay overnight in August. She alleges that when she stepped out of her room to get water, an employee forced her into a theater control room and raped her.

Her attorney, Luis Perez, argues that the cruise line should have warned passengers about past se*ual abuse incidents at the Wyndham Viva Fortuna Beach hotel, referencing a 2016 TripAdvisor review where another woman claimed she was gang-raped by four hotel employees on her wedding night.

The lawsuit does not mention any criminal charges related to the new or 2016 incidents. In 2016, the hotel’s general manager said police found no evidence of rape from the earlier report.

The lawsuit names the cruise’s parent company, Classica Cruise Operator, three companies associated with the Wyndham Viva Fortuna Beach, and the unidentified accused assailant.

Previously, two women sued Margaritaville at Sea Paradise after claiming a bartender got them drunk, stole a room key, and raped them while they slept. One woman became pregnant and had to terminate the pregnancy, suffering complications. The bartender, Hoobesh Dookhy, admitted to se* with one of the women but claimed it was consensual. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was sentenced to two years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and must register as a se* offender.

Margaritaville at Sea Paradise’s attorneys have not commented on the recent lawsuit.

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