Former employees of the cruise company that “corruption, drugs, and prostitution” and hard partying were common on Costa ships, according to leaks from an investigation published in Italian daily La Stampa reports.
Two female ex-crew members have reportedly told Italian prosecutors they saw officers snorting cocaine, getting drunk, and harassing female staff, with Schettino, using “women as goods to be exchanged,” reports. The two women have worked on the Costa Concordia and other Costa ships in 2009 and 2010.
Costa Cruises did not respond to the specific allegations but said there were “strict regulations” on all its ships against the use of illegal drugs, with regular checks carried out.
The leaked documents also say Schettino had allegedly crashed another luxury ship — the Costa Atlantica — in June 2010 while sailing too quickly into a German port, AFP reports.
He “maneuvered at a speed of 7.7 to 7.9 knots during entry into the port of Warnemunde, causing damage to the Aida Blu cruise ship,” Costa Crociere, who also owned the Costa Concordia, notified him in a letter. Schettino responded in writing: “I did not know the speed limit and have not received notification of an infraction from the relevant authorities.” He said there were “probably other factors” behind the accident.
The spokesman for Aida Cruises also denied the incident, saying a “suction effect” caused by the Costa Atlantica coming into port had brought it into contact with the Aida Blu, causing just scratches and minor damage to a loading ramp. Aida Cruises is a subsidiary of Italian company Costa Crociere.
The first pretrial hearing into the capsizing of the Costa Concordia will be held on Saturday, according to The Telegraph.
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