US Pilot drugs and rapes two female air hostesses
WASHINGTON - When the JetBlue plane from Washington touched down in San Juan, Puerto Rico, three women from the flight crew did what most visitors to the tropical island paradise would do: They checked into their hotel and made a beeline for the beach.
But what was supposed to be a relaxing overnight layover between flights in May last year didn't stay that way for long, two of the women said in a lawsuit filed this week in New York federal court.
The women, identified as Jane Doe No. 1 and Jane Doe No. 2, allege their trip took a nightmarish turn when they were drugged by two JetBlue pilots they met on the beach. Jane Doe 1 said she and another co-worker, who is not involved in the lawsuit, were also allegedly raped by one of the pilots and accused him of "intentionally" giving her a sexually transmitted disease. by Taboola link: Sponsored Links link: . link Top Herbs to Clean Up Your KidneysOrganic Welcome link
The suit, which names JetBlue and the pilots, Eric Johnson and Dan Watson, claims the airline failed to take any "corrective action" against the men even after the women reported the incident last year. The 24-page document was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York on Monday.
"The pilots were not suspended," Abraham Melamed, an attorney for the two women, told The Washington Post on Thursday. "They were not put on any sort of leave. They continued to work and continue to work to this day without any ramifications." Promoted: In Stores
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For one of the women, that means she still has to encounter one of the men at work, Melamed said.
"You can imagine the type of effect that's had on her," he said. "In every instance, she's had to abruptly leave wherever she is."
In a statement emailed to The Post, JetBlue said it cannot comment on pending litigation but added that it "takes allegations of violent or inappropriate behavior very seriously and investigates such claims thoroughly."
"We work to create a respectful workplace for all our crewmembers where they feel welcome and safe," the airline said. Advertisement
Court records did not list attorneys for the pilots, and their union - the Air Line Pilots Association, International - did not respond to a request for comment late Thursday.
It all began with a drug-laced beer, the lawsuit alleges. - Washington Post