‘Below Deck Med’ Former Stew Thought a Male Deckhand Was Going to Punch Her

by Jeremy Spirogis
Sandy Yawn, Hannah Ferrier, Adam Glick, Bugsy Drake, Lauren Cohen, Malia White, Max Hagley, Bobby Giancola, Wes Walton

In an interview about sexism within the yachting trade, former Below Deck Mediterranean stew Lauren Cohen revealed that she thought one of many male deckhands was going to bodily assault her.

Sandy Yawn, Hannah Ferrier, Adam Glick, Bugsy Drake, Lauren Cohen, Malia White, Max Hagley, Bobby Giancola, Wes Walton
Sandy Yawn, Hannah Ferrier, Adam Glick, Bugsy Drake, Lauren Cohen, Malia White, Max Hagley, Bobby Giancola, Wes Walton |Virginia Sherwood/Bravo/ NBCU Photo Bank

She felt so threatened by the deckhand that she approached a digicam operator. Cohen requested if producers would cease her from being assaulted. “Halfway through production, I’m talking to the camera guy, saying ‘this guy’s really about to punch me in the face,” she advised Men’s Health. “Are you going to stop this?’” Cohen didn’t title the deckhand within the article.

Cohen stated the interplay was by no means included within the episode.  “I completely shut down to the point where I didn’t want to get involved in anything to do with the show,” she stated including that as a substitute she was advised to “suck it up.”

Crew members thought Ashton Pienaar was going to hit Kate Chastain

While Cohen’s encounter was not filmed, the aggression from bosun Ashton Pienaar towards Kate Chastain was included on Below Deck. During a drunken van journey again to the boat, Chastain rode in a car with Pienaar and three male crew members. Pienaar turned offended when Chastain requested Pienaar about his mom, viciously punching the within of the van door.

“I thought Ash was going to punch her in the face,” recounted deckhand Tanner Sterback within the Below Deck After Show. Deckhand Rhylee Gerber agreed that Pienaar will get emotional when he drinks an excessive amount of. “Ashton’s a bad drunk,” she stated. “He’s either really sloppy because he’s f**king everything, or he’s sloppy because he’s hitting everything.”

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Chastain additionally felt bodily threatened. “He punched the window, he came over the seat towards me,” she recounts. “The only reason he didn’t get to me is because Kevin, who hates me, held him back. If I had been in a van with Simone or Courtney, or not two strong males, I don’t know what Ashton would have done.”

Some ladies really feel unsafe within the trade

Sexual harassment but in addition violence is a top-of-mind topic for a lot of ladies who work in yachting. A feminine crew member reported a male crew member for rape in 2015, which isn’t unusual, Superyacht News reviews.

“This is, unfortunately, a very sad reality in the industry,” a feminine crew member, who requested to stay nameless stated. “I know of a few incidents where girls have been in similar situations, luckily none of them as bad as what was reported [in 2015]. I myself, unfortunately, experienced unwanted attentions from a male crewmember to the point where he came into my cabin drunk and pulled me out of my bunk, I was lucky as there were other people there.”

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The crew member stated the captain did nothing when she reported the crew member. The motive was he was “well-liked” by the visitors.

“It is not unusual for stewardesses to lock their cabins to prevent unwanted visits in the night from drunk crew,” she added.

“With alcohol being involved and the way society is, it is often blamed on the girl for having sent out the wrong messages, or because she is passed out and can’t actually defend herself from unwanted advances.”

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