Cock tax sunk Costa Concordia

The mistress of the captain of the Costa Concordia has finally admitted her role in the sinking of the ship.

Domnica Cemortan, a Moldovan dancer, admits she was having affair with the Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino.

A Moldovan dancer who was on the bridge of the Costa Concordia the night it smashed into the Italian island of Giglio admitted for the first time that she was having an affair with its captain, Francesco Schettino

After nearly two years of publicly denying they were lovers, Domnica Cemortan, 26, made the admission after coming under intense pressure during cross examination during the trial of Capt Schettino in Grosseto, Tuscany.

She refused at least three times to answer the question of whether she and the 53-year-old married commander had had a relationship, prompting Giovanni Puliatti, the judge, to threaten her with criminal proceedings unless she told the truth. 

The hearing had to be suspended while Ms Cemortan’s lawyer explained to her the gravity of refusing to testify.

After the hearing reconvened, Miss Cemortan reluctantly admitted to prosecuting lawyer Michelina Suriano that she had been having an affair with the captain, telling the court in Moldovan, “Yes, I had a relationship with him”.

Prosecutors say the presence of the dancer on the bridge that night distracted Capt Schettino and contributed to the accident, which cost the lives of 32 people.

Later she made a joke when asked how she had been able to get on board the ship despite not having a ticket for the week-long cruise around the Mediterranean.

“When you are somebody’s lover, they don’t ask to see your ticket,” she said.

She made the joke sotto voce to her translator but the judge insisted that it be translated in open court.

 


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  • Orange

    So I guess we can say their relationship is on the rocks now?

  • Dick Brown

    I’ve got a sinking feeling this won’t be the last we hear from this.

  • Wine Man

    I see another ship on rocks soon because of its captain not able to keep his hands to himself

    • AnonWgtn

      You mean Brown and Rangitoto !

  • Ronnie Chow

    Seems like they were kissing when the ship hit the rocks . Was the Captain married , Len ?

  • James

    I’m disgusted that this would end up being evidence in court; it was, after all, a private matter.

  • dyannt

    “Prosecutors say the presence of the dancer on the bridge that night distracted Capt Schettino and contributed to the accident, which cost the lives of 32 people.”
    And people defend Len Brown by saying his peccadilloes won’t affect his Mayoralship!

    • James Growley

      Makes you wonder what disaster has been swept under the carpet whilst Len was distracted.

  • BJ

    This was a private matter for the family and their God. The fact he had to fit his lover into his 24/7 work time is a symptom of not having a work life balance. The rules that apply to subordinates don’t apply to him and the families of the 32 dead people have no business enquiring into what was a private encounter while he was taking a two minute break from ‘running the ship’ In no way at all did this affect his performance in his job

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