Italy

Hostess on Grounded Italian Cruise Ship Suing For Not Being Defended, Rehired

Was apparently called a prostitute in media reports

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When the cruise ship Costa Concordia was grounded off the coast of Italy, the blame fell onCaptain Vincent Schettino, practically convicted by the court of popular opinion. In July, Schettino will go on trial. Meanwhile, a Moldovian dancer who was on the ship has problems of her own

At the time of the event, we met Domnica Cemortan, 26, a former cruise ship "hostess" and dancer from Mondolvia. It was said in a variety of publications that Cemoran was having dinner at the time with Schettino and somehow wound up on the bridge. Now, Cemortan is suing Schettino and the cruise line for damages of $280,000-$420,000 over the $15,000 being offered to all who sailed.

"The media has presented her as a prostitute," insists Gianluca Madonna, Cemortan's Italian lawyer. Apparently, at the time of the accident, Cemortan told investigators that she was "in love" with Schettino, a suggestion she later told the UK's Daily Telegraph that she rejected, reports Travel Blackboard.