A jury issued a verdict Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida that found Carnival liable for damages against the plaintiff, identified as Jane Doe, for false imprisonment and abuse by a member of Fredy Anggara, in December 2018.
The jury separately found that Carnival was negligent and that the former passenger did not cause Doe emotional distress.
The plaintiff sued Carnival Cruise Line in November 2019, almost a year after the incident. Anggara did not press charges.
At the time of the alleged assault, the suspect was 21 years old and was with his girlfriend and his girlfriend’s family, according to the complaint.
The incident happened on the last night of the cruise, in the early morning hours of December 2, 2018, according to court documents. After having dinner with his girlfriend and two other passengers, the plaintiff became extremely intoxicated, according to the plaintiff’s attorney, Daniel Courtney.
The plaintiff slipped and hit his head on the boat’s water table, court documents said.
Soon after, the accuser met Anggara, who was 27 at the time, and said she ended up in an apartment with him where the abuse took place, documents show. trial.
“Doe does not remember going in and out of the room, but Mr. Anggara was holding her hand when they entered.
Carnival Cruise Line said the incident was consensual between the plaintiff and Anggara, according to a statement issued Tuesday, and intends to appeal the court’s decision.
“The team member confirmed that he had an intimate relationship with the alien consistent with the FBI’s investigation,” the statement said.
After the incident, FBI agents came on board and questioned the suspect, a complaint states. The plaintiff then gave a statement during which Carnival booked.
CNN reached out to the FBI and filed a FOIA request regarding its investigation into the incident.
Before trial, the court found that Doe had proven his false imprisonment claim.
In the opinion, the court ruled, “There was no evidence that a jury could have relied upon to reject Doe’s undisputed recollection of a time in the bathroom that Mr. Plaintiff’s claim for false imprisonment is founded on the statute.”
Anggara was released immediately after the incident, in accordance with Carnival’s no-holds-barred policy for crew members to interact with guests, Carnival said.
After the incident, Anggara told Carnival in a written statement that the suspect chose to go into a room with Anggara and engage in sex, according to court records.
Courtney, the plaintiff’s attorney, maintained that her client was the victim of abuse.
“I appreciate my client being able to see a good, organized, and fair trial, despite Carnival’s best efforts to poison the jury with inappropriate statements throughout the proceedings. ,” Courtney said in a statement Wednesday. “We strongly believe that Carnival will sue because they did not do the right thing when it came to my intrepid customer.”
Courtney also told CNN that Anggara was not arrested after the incident and it is not known where he is now.
CNN was unable to contact Anggara.
CNN’s Amanda Jackson contributed to this report.