A lawsuit was filed against Holland America Line (HAL) in Seattle for the vicious attack unleashed by a HAL crew member on a young woman last year on HAL’s Nieuw Amsterdam.
The crew member is identified as Ketut Pujayasa, age 28. from Indonesia. He worked a stateroom attendant. He used a master key card to gain illegal entry into the victim’s cabin.
Pujayasa raped, beat, punched and strangled her and then tried to throw the woman from the balcony into the ocean in international waters.
The attack, lasting over 45 minutes, was absolutely horrific.
I’m surprised that HAL permitted this case to be filed.
Records show another passenger’s report of an overflowing toilet was tagged as a “high priority” by the ship’s front desk the night the woman was attacked, Calls from passengers concerned about the woman’s cries or help were deemed to be of a lower priority.
Permitting crew members (cabin attendants, room service attendants, etc,) a master key is a terrible idea. Rapes by such crew members have occurred in the past.
A Seattle newspaper covered the story. I was interviewed for the story.
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