Sandals Resorts has strongly denied allegations that it was covering up allegations of sexual assault on two American female guests and said it stands ready to “vigorously defend itself in court” against the case that is now a subject of litigation.
“Recent allegations of cover-ups by our organisation are false and are gross misrepresentations of not only the facts but who we are and what we stand for as a leader in the industry,” Sandals said in a statement yesterday.
“One of the core values of our company is exceeding guest expectations, and with that comes operating in full transparency. We are a family-operated enterprise that cares deeply about each and every guest we welcome into our resort home,” added Sandals, one of the companies in the ATL Group which includes this newspaper.
The resort company was responding to a report aired on ABC’s Good Morning America yesterday on claims made by professional make-up artist Melissa Blayton, and couple Jeff and Ashley Pascarella.
Blayton, who was a guest at a Sandals property in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, in 2017 said that one of the hotel’s employees, who offered her a solo sailing lesson, had sexually assaulted her.
She told ABC that after she was taken back to shore, on her demand, she spent the next few days holed up in her room crying.
She said that the butler assigned to her room noticed her crying and advised her to talk to the hotel manager.