A 15-year-old girl is suing Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, accusing the company of negligence in an incident in which she was allegedly served alcohol and gang raped aboard one of the company’s ships.
The victim, identified as K.T. in court documents, claims that while she was on a seven-day holiday cruise with her sisters and grandparents, a group of men purchased alcohol for her in full view of Royal Caribbean crew members.
K.T. alleges that the men continued to give her drinks until she became obviously and unstably drunk. At some point the group of about 12 men took K.T. to a stateroom where they “brutally assaulted and gang-raped her,” the suit alleges.
K.T.’s suit alleges that Royal Caribbean was negligent not only for not warning her of the dangers of sexual assault aboard cruise ships, dangers of which the cruise lines are accutely aware, but also for not stopping the men from giving her alcohol and leading her to a private location.
A Royal Caribbean spokesperson told Newsweek “We aren’t able to comment on pending litigation, but we do take this allegation very seriously. The safety and security of our guests is our top priority.”
Newsweek.com reports that on Wednesday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit allowed the teen’s suit to continue, reversing a district court ruling to dismiss the case for failure to state a claim.