Another Crew Member Was Also Raped While A Third Was Drugged, According To Lawsuit
One JetBlue pilot allegedly carried out an appalling act of drugging and sexual assault.
According to New York Daily News, Eric Johnson drugged three colleagues during a layover in Puerto Rico last year with the help of another pilot. Then, he eventually raped two of the crew members in a “fantasy” threesome, according to a new lawsuit.
The incident allegedly went down at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Juan. Johnson and fellow pilot Dan Watson provided drug-laced beer to the three women during a May 9 meeting on the beach, says the lawsuit.
Johnson then allegedly raped two of the drugged women while Watson conspired in the attack but ultimately “left the scene after having been scratched,” according to the suit.
The two women who were reportedly attacked are identified in the complaint as Jane Doe 1, a plaintiff, and an unidentified crew member who is not apart of the lawsuit.
Jane Doe 1 says in the paperwork that she blacked out while still on the beach, and she regained a hazy consciousness while she was being vaginally penetrated against her will.
“Plaintiff was unable to react to the situation, but was simply aware that it was happening,” the lawsuit states. Jane Doe 1 also says she has “flashes of memory” that involve Johnson having sex with the other crew member as well.
According to the paper work, at one point Johnson even said “Thank you for making my fantasy come true.”
The second plaintiff in the case, labeled Jane Doe 2, was dropped off at her room without being sexually assaulted because she “began vomiting, which was a turnoff,” the lawsuit says.
When Jane Doe 1 finished her work trip on May 11, she returned home to Utah, went to the hospital, and asked to be tested for drugs. She also reported the incident to the police, says the lawsuit.
When things couldn’t get any worse, later on, Jane Doe 1 discovered that she also contracted the STD human papillomavirus (HPV), “which she could only have contracted from defendant Johnson,” reads the complaint.
The plantiffs say they reported the attacks to JeBlue’s corporate headquarters, but despite the airline “purporting to investigate the matter, no corrective action was ever taken again.” Meanwhile, JetBlue said they can’t comment on pending litigation. They did, however, release a statement reading:
“JetBlue 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 lawyer representing the plaintiffs, Abe Melamed, told the Daily News, “I would just say this was truly horrific, and we’re really appalled with [the] way JetBlue failed to take any corrective action.”
“We are hopeful that the courage of these women in bringing forth their claims will shed some light on the overall airline culture and inspire other women across the country to come forward.”
The plaintiffs are each seeking at least $75,000 in damages.