Flight Attendant Says American Airlines Covered Up 2018 Sexual Assault By British Celebrity Chef Mark Sargeant
American Airlines flight attendant puts her name in claims she was sexually assaulted on a corporate trip to Germany by celebrity British chef Mark Sargeant and then intimidated by the carrier, who she said covered up the allegations.
Kimberly Goesling’s trial in Tarrant County alleges Sargeant sexually assaulted her in her hotel room during a trip to Germany in 2018, where she and others were helping develop a European menu for international passengers first and business class.
Sargeant is a Michelin-starred chef, a longtime associate of Gordon Ramsay and a frequent contributor to the cooking competition show. Beat the chef. He is credited as the co-author of several of Ramsay’s books.
Goesling initially filed her complaint as Jane Doe, but chose to attach her name this week to draw attention to American Airlines’ treatment of her during the investigation into the alleged assault.
The morning news from Dallas does not usually name victims of sexual assault, but Goesling has gone public to highlight the prosecution’s problems. She appeared in a 34-minute interview published Tuesday with former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson as part of a series intended to raise awareness about harassment and sexual assault.
âI’m done,â Goesling said in a statement. âI’m not going to hide from what happened anymore because I’m not the bad guy and I have nothing to hide. If anyone has to hide, it’s American and not me.
According to his trial, the chief texted him the next day and admitted the assault. American Airlines questioned the validity of the exchange.
No official charges appear to have been laid for the alleged assault.
“Kimberly tried to report it to authorities in Texas upon her return, but they were told there was nothing they could do because the attack took place outside their jurisdiction,” Goesling’s attorney said. in Dallas, Rob Miller.
A call and email to Sargeant’s catering company, Rocksalt Restaurant Group, was not immediately returned on Tuesday.
In a statement, American Airlines said it “immediately investigated and severed our business relationship with the accused individual.”
âAmerican has an unwavering commitment to our team members and we are committed to providing a safe and comfortable environment for everyone who works at our airline,â said American Airlines spokesperson Matt Miller. âBecause this case involves ongoing litigation, we are unable to comment further at this time other than to say that Ms. Goesling remains a valued member of our team.â
The lawsuit says the alleged assault took place in January 2018, two years after Sargeant’s relationship with American Airlines was first reported. Goesling, a 30-year flight attendant, was invited to the event in Frankfurt, Germany to meet vendors and develop changes to the international first-class menu.
At a dinner for the employees, American Airlines executives bought “a lot of alcoholic beverages” for Sargeant and “although Sargeant became rowdy, loud and obviously intoxicated, American Airlines and its [managers] continued to pay and provide additional drinks to Sargeant to keep him happy, âaccording to the lawsuit.
Sargeant began texting Goesling after she returned to her bedroom “begging her to come to her room for a drink,” her costume said. She refused and stopped responding after several more text messages.
She was woken up hours later by Sargeant knocking on her door, according to the costume. She split the door slightly and Sargeant forced her entry. He allegedly grabbed Goesling, “stuck his tongue in her mouth”, “grabbed her by the neck”, assaulted and sexually raped her.
Goesling said she reported the assault to American Airlines, but the company “had discouraged her from continuing to report the incident.” She said the company had spent time “interviewing and investigating her” and interviewing her doctors.
American Airlines had previously touted its relationship with Sargeant and its influence on dining for international travelers, saying, “We are very happy to bring celebrity British chef Mark Sargeant on board” and that “Mark hand-designed the menus. first-class cabin accommodation for our routes from London to the United States, using fresh ingredients and innovative flavor combinations to create a delicious modern menu. “
Goesling’s lawsuit claims the airline denied her support after the assault and “threatened and discriminated against her, taking adverse action against her by removing her from special projects and assignments.”
She had worked in the company’s recruiting and training team.
âTo this day, I haven’t gotten an ‘I’m sorry’,â Goesling said in his interview with Carlson.