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UNITED STATES | 'Groped' by the butler, couple sues Sandals for US$30-million

  • Written by wiredja News Team
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Ashley Reid and Jeffrey Pascarella, both 32, are suing Sandals Resorts for $30million claiming that their dream destination wedding in the Bahamas was marred by the butler who fondled the bride to be in her sleep. Ashley Reid and Jeffrey Pascarella, both 32, are suing Sandals Resorts for $30million claiming that their dream destination wedding in the Bahamas was marred by the butler who fondled the bride to be in her sleep.
USA November 29, 2018 - Claiming that "the butler did it" a New Jersey couple is now suing Sandals Resorts for $30million after maintaining that their dream wedding was ruined when a butler is alleged to have fondled the bride-to-be in her sleep.

sandals royal bahamianA lawsuit filed Tuesday claims Moral Adderley, a private butler assigned to them, allegedly groped Ashley Reid, 32, the night before her wedding as her husband to be was in the bathroom and she was asleep.

They now want $30 million in damages from Sandals, the resort that hired him.

According to reports, the night before the wedding, Reid and Pascarella hosted 70 guests to cocktails at their destination wedding in the Bahamas in April 2016, where they met Moral Adderley, who was part of the Sandals Resort’s “butler elite service.”

The couple claimed in their lawsuit that following the cocktails, Adderley allegedly crept into their room and fondled Ashley while she was in bed.

Reid then claims that she was woke to find the butler next to her with his hands down her pants.

‘Something was prompting me to wake up, something was wrong,’ Reid told the New York Post. ‘As I started to wake myself up, I realized his hands were down my pants and I jumped out of bed.

‘I screamed. He got up, he ran out of the room. I was just kind of disheveled and disoriented. I couldn’t make sense of what just happened. I was in shock.’

The groom-to-be ran out of the bathroom to check on Reid and then chased the butler.

“Shocked, frightened, distraught, [she] screamed and was able to resist the immoral Moral Adderley, calling for security to respond to and apprehend the salacious violator,” the lawsuit states.

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The bride, Ashley (left) has been diagnosed with PTSD and has gone to therapy for two years

The couple claims that Sandals staff made it tough for them to contact the local police and that it took hours to report the attack.

“We didn’t get to go back into our room until two or three in the morning,” Ashley recalled. “Sandals just made it incredibly difficult to deal with this.”

The butler was arrested after the couple gave statements to resort security and the police. From our information the butler was arrested, charged and brought before the courts for indecent assault. He pleaded guilty and was fined.

Instead of canceling their lavish wedding, the couple decided to go through with the ceremony because they said they did not want to disappoint the 70 guests who flew to the Bahamas for their nuptials.

Sandals claimed they had fired Adderley that same night, however the couple said the next morning the butler called their room to take her breakfast order 'as if the assault had never happened.'

'It was surreal. It just didn't feel like what you grow up imagining your whole life what your wedding would be like,' Reid said.

Adderley pleaded guilty to indecent assault a week later after the couple insisted on involving the police despite the resort’s objections, Pascarella said.

Sandals offered to refund the newlyweds $15,000 for the event on the condition that they sign a nondisclosure agreement.

They declined.

'Throughout the process, the [resort staff] were just very dismissive,' Pascarella told the Post. 'They didn't want us to call the police. I think they were just doing everything they could not to escalate this and just move on.'

Reid underwent two years of therapy following the traumatic assault.

'I was diagnosed with PTSD,' she added.

'This was a guy who came in and was assigned to them as a butler to make it a memorable wedding — and indeed he did, but it is a ghastly memory for them,' the couple's lawyer, John Nicholas Iannuzzi, told The Post.

Sandals said in a statement: 'There is nothing more important than the safety and security of our guests, and we take allegations of criminal assault at our resorts seriously.

'We have worked tirelessly over decades to create a safe and enjoyable environment at our resorts, and our efforts include collaborating with various government and law enforcement resources to ensure we are among the safest resorts operating in the Caribbean.'

  • Countries: Bahamas