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Friday, March 2, 2012

Costa Concordia cruise ship 'was hotbed of sexual harassment'

The Costa Concordia and other cruise ships owned by the same company were hotbeds of sexual harassment, drinking and drug abuse, former crew members have claimed.

Two female ex-crew members have reportedly told Italian prosecutors leading the investigation into the sinking of the Concordia off an Italian island six weeks ago that they saw officers snorting cocaine, drinking to the point of inebriation and harassing female staff.

Capt Francesco Schettino, the commander of the 950ft-long vessel, "used women as goods to be exchanged," one of the women said, according to two Italian dailies, La Stampa and Il Messagero.

The two ex-crew members, one a nurse and the other a passenger rep, worked on the Costa Concordia and other ships owned by Costa Cruises in 2009 and 2010.

Their claims are reportedly contained in 5,000 pages of evidence gathered by prosecutors in Grosseto, Tuscany, where the investigation into the Jan 13 disaster is based.

The nurse, identified only as Valentina B., said she worked with Capt Schettino on the Costa Atlantica, another ship in the fleet, in January and February 2010 but had resigned because she had encountered "corruption, drugs and prostitution". Read More