Jamaica’s tourism product took another massive hit today as two additional American female tourists are alleging they were sexually assaulted at the Jamaican-owned Sandals Caribbean Beach Resorts.
A young couple, Jeff and Ashley Pascarella, is suing the resort for USD$30-million after the bride-to-be was allegedly sexually assaulted hours before their wedding. It’s alleged that during their stay at the resort, their butler, a member of the resort’s staff, carried out the assault.
Their story and that of Make-up artiste Melissa Blayton, who also alleges she was sexually assaulted during her stay at the resort, was aired on America’s leading morning TV programme, Good Morning America.
In a report lasting just under four minutes, Jamaica’s tropical allure was again stained by another round of sexual assault claims made by tourists.
Both individuals say they paid for relaxation in paradise but left the resort with nothing but pain allegedly brought on by hotel staff.
Forty-five-year-old, American makeup artiste Mellisa Blayton told Good Morning America her 2017 spring vacation at Sandals Ocho Rios, in Jamaica was ruined after a solo sail trip with a member of the hotel’s staff which allegedly resulted in her being sexually and physically assaulted.
She claims the hotel’s management tried to silence her by asking that she sign a non-disclosure agreement and promising her a voucher for a future trip. She also alleges the Hotel’s management told her the accused has been with them for almost 20-years and has a family to support.
Blayton also alleges she asked if she should call the police but was told by the Hotel’s management that they’d take care of it.
She says she’s never received a call from the police.
Meanwhile, in the case of Ashley and Jeffery Pascarela, the two were hours away from their dream wedding when the bride to be alleges she was sexually assaulted by their butler.
That incident allegedly occurred in 2006 at the Hotel’s Royal Bahamian resort. The couple is now filing a lawsuit for 30 million US dollars after they say the hotel tried to silence them by also asking that they sign a non-disclosure agreement.
The couple is also alleging that the hotel opted to reimburse their 15-thousand US dollar payment.
Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman of Sandals Resorts International told Good Morning America which airs on ABC that the company follows strict police protocol and that the police are alerted in all cases.