A newlywed couple is suing Sandals Resorts after the bride was sexually assaulted by a hotel employee the night before her wedding.
Ashley and Jeff Pascarella allege that on the eve of their wedding at Sandals Royal Bahamian luxury resort, a hotel staff member entered their room and sexually assaulted Ashley. The attack occurred around 2 a.m. on April 15, 2016, when Moral Adderley, the personal butler for their suite, entered their suite. Jeff was reportedly in the shower at the time of the attack.
“Something was prompting me to wake up, something was wrong. As I started to wake myself up, I realized his hands were down my pants and I jumped out of bed.” Ashley said in an interview. She continues describing the events of the evening, saying she screamed and Adderley ran from the room. Jeff heard her screams and came out of the bathroom and ran after him.
“I was just kind of disheveled and disoriented. I couldn’t make sense of what just happened. I was in shock," she said.
Sandals says they plan to fight this lawsuit in court, releasing a statement saying,
“Since our inception in 1981, we have prided ourselves on having created a safe and enjoyable environment at our resorts. Because of this dedication to service and the safety and experience of all our guests, we take this type of allegation very seriously. Over three decades, we’ve had the distinct privilege of welcoming well over 10 million valued guests and continue to celebrate over 10,000 weddings yearly across our 24 resorts. The New York civil complaint filed yesterday seeking compensation from Sandals presents a self-serving, one-sided and incomplete version of an incident reported in 2016. The plaintiffs have unfortunately embarked to influence the case using a choreographed media campaign based on their one-sided narrative. Upon receipt of the initial report, Sandals contacted the police and terminated the employee in question. Sandals intends to vigorously defend itself in court against these one-sided allegations and looks forward to presenting the full picture of all the facts and circumstances surrounding this reported incident from 2016.”