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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