Royal Caribbean: Chloe Weigand's Grandfather Knew Window Was Open Before Dropping Her

Marco Green
January 19, 2020

The girl fell about 150 feet on a docked Royal Caribbean Cruise ship in July in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

This month, Royal Caribbean filed a motion with the courts in the U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida to dismiss that lawsuit, citing security camera footage that, they claim, shows Anello leaning out of the open window prior to Chloe's death.

"This is not a case of an unknowing child approaching an open window and falling out because the window was defective or improperly positioned", the court documents read.

Royal Caribbean, who shared photographs from the video within the lawsuit, stated there have been two closed-circuit tv cameras that captured the occasions before Chloe's tragic fall. Because Anello is color blind, he was unable to see that the window was open before he lost his grip on the toddler, the lawsuit claims.

Royal Caribbean is seeking to dismiss a civil lawsuit filed by the family of Chloe Wiegand, claiming that her grandfather was "well aware" that the 11th-floor window was open before the IN toddler's fatal fall. There was no "hidden danger" - Mr. Anello knew the window was open.

Royal Caribbean said a northern IN man knew that a cruise ship window was open before he picked up his granddaughter, lost his grip, and dropped her to her death IN July.

According to court documents, a Grandpa who dropped his toddler granddaughter from a cruise ship "unquestionably" knew the window was open.

A man who accidentally dropped his granddaughter from the 11th floor of a cruise ship knew the window was open before he held the 18-month-old up to it and lost his grip, a new court filing by Royal Caribbean Cruises claims.

The Wiegands are responding to Royal Caribbean's request for cancellation.

The family's attorney, Michael Winkleman, maintained that Anello "never knew there was an open window" and called the motion "baseless and deceptive". Royal Caribbean has premised its defense in this case and its blame on Chloe's grandfather by supplying two deceptive views from its CCTV cameras to the court and the Puerto Rico authorities. However, the applicants were first authorized to inspect a vessel at the scene of the incident on January 10 - less than a week after Royal Caribbean first informed the Wiegands that they were making changes to the ship that would destroy the area of the incident. That inspection has revealed that Royal Caribbean's Motion to Dismiss neglects to tell the Court and, presumably, the authorities that there were no less than THIRTEEN CCTV video cameras in the area of the incident.

In response, the family is seeking to ask the court to force Royal Caribbean to release all surveillance video footage relevant to the case, he added.

A spokeswoman for Royal Caribbean Cruises, Melissa Charbonneau, said in a statement on Friday that the girl's death "was undoubtedly a heartbreaking tragedy that resulted in criminal prosecution of Chloe's step-grandfather and a civil lawsuit initiated by the Wiegand family lawyers". However Royal Caribbean denies breaching industry safety standards and hit out at the "false and inaccurate accusations" made by the family.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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