MSC Cruise Lines Sued for February Sexual Assault Aboard Cruise Ship

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  • MSC Cruise Lines is facing a lawsuit as a result of an alleged sexual assault aboard one of its ships earlier this year.
  • The alleged perpetrator, an MSC employee, reportedly entered a stateroom with his service key and sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl.
  • The suit seeks multiple damages, including compensatory damages.

A lawsuit was recently filed against MSC Cruise Lines as a result of an alleged sexual assault against a minor on one of its ships earlier this year.  

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division, and alleges that on February 14, 2016 MSC employee Rudy Samuel Santos Hernandez sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl. The suit alleges that Hernandez followed the girl into an empty stateroom, using his service key to gain entry. He then allegedly sexually assaulted her. The girl was cruising with her grandfather at the time of the alleged assault.

The suit claims that the minor "suffered injuries to her body and extremities, pain and suffering, mental anguish, great shame, psychological trauma and scarring, humiliation, aggravation of pre-existing conditions, loss of the capacity for enjoyment of life and has incurred medical expenses and lost the benefit of her vacation."

The suit also claims that the cruise line failed to monitor the conduct of its crew and also failed to provide adequate protection for the victim, creating the conditions for her attack.

The plaintiff is seeking a trial by jury and is suing for multiple damages, including compensatory damages.