American Airlines Flight Attendant Sues Over Sexual Assault – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
A longtime American Airlines flight attendant is suing the airline for handling her complaint that she was sexually assaulted by a celebrity chef while on a work trip.
“Ultimately, I’m not Jane Doe. I’m Kimberly Goesling,” she said in an interview.
Goesling initially filed the lawsuit under the pseudonym, but decided to step out of the shadows and bring her story to the public.
Fort Worth-based Goesling has been with American Airlines for 31 years.
The attack occurred during a trip to Germany in 2018, where she was tasked with working on a new menu and meal options for international flights.
Chef and restaurateur Mark Sargeant from Kent, England worked with the team.
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Mark Sargeant in Harrods, central London in 2006. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau – PA Images / PA Images via Getty Images)
He showed up uninvited outside Goesling’s hotel room one night after sending her inappropriate text messages, which she ignored, she said.
“It wasn’t like a light knock. It was (as) something was wrong, someone needed something,” she said, pounding the table to demonstrate. ‘”
She said she barely opened the door.
“Then he pushed his way into my room,” she said.
Initially, Goesling only filed the lawsuit against Sargeant. Both sides quickly reached a confidential agreement.
Sargeant has not been charged.
Goesling said she tried to report the crime to Fort Worth police on her return, but they said they had no authority since it happened in Germany.
Dallas attorney representing Sargeant Gary Kessler did not return an email requesting comment.
After resigning himself to Sargeant, Goesling added American Airlines as a defendant, accusing the company of ill-treating the situation and actually bringing them to justice.
“You dropped my best friends,” she said. “You dropped and dropped my ex-boyfriend.”
They even asked their mother personal questions about her, she said.
“In American literature it goes: ‘You see something, report it. We will protect you. We will take care of you. We do not tolerate bad behavior.’ Well, they say so, but in this case they did just the opposite, ”said Goesling’s attorney Rob Miller.
The airline made a brief statement.
“American has an unwavering commitment to its team members,” the statement said. “Immediately after reporting the incident, we conducted an investigation and broke off our business relationship with the accused … Ms. Goesling remains a valued member of our team.”
Goesling said she felt betrayed.
“I want an apology. I want to apologize,” she said. “I want to sit down and speak to our guides to find out what happened. What went wrong?”
The dispute is due to go on trial in July, but American asked the judge to postpone the trial.