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A Bahamas Sandals butler accused of molesting a bride in her sleep claims he simply gave the woman a goodnight hug, per her request.
Moral Adderley, allegedly snuck into the hotel suite where Ashley Reid Pascarella, 32, and husband Jeffrey Pascarella, 32, had been staying around 2am the night before the couple's destination wedding in April 2016.
Adderley pleaded guilty last week to indecent assault a week after the New Jersey couple insisted on involving the police despite the resort’s objections.
The butler said he pleaded guilty to the sex crime to dodge jail time.
Adderley has newly shared his side of the story in a statement to Bahamian TV.
He said: 'As I completed to take the breakfast order she said, "Moral, you’re the best. Can I have a hug before you leave?"'
The newlywed New Jersey couple are suing Sandals Resorts for $30million.
Reid Pascarella said she now suffers from PTSD after the resort butler assigned to the couple came onto her while her fiancé was using the bathroom.
That's when they said Reid was woken to find Adderley next to her with his hands down her pants.
Former Bahamas Sandals butler, Moral Adderley, (right) accused of molesting Ashley Reid Pascarella, 32, (seen left with her husband, Jeffrey Pascarella) at a resort in 2016 now claims he gave the woman a goodnight hug, per her request
The couple got married at a Sandals in the Bahamas in 2016 in a lavish wedding (stock image). The night before, however, is when the alleged assault happened
'Something was prompting me to wake up, something was wrong,' Reid Pascarella said in a statement to the New York Post.
'As I started to wake myself up, I realized his hands were down my pants and I jumped out of bed.
'I screamed. He got up, he ran out of the room. I was just kind of disheveled and disoriented. I couldn't make sense of what just happened. I was in shock.'
The groom-to-be ran out of the bathroom to check on Reid and then chased Adderley.
The butler was arrested after the couple gave statements to resort security and the police.
Ashley Reid Pascarella and her husband Jeffery T Parcarella speak to the media about a sexual assault that took place on Ashley during their all expenses paid wedding at Sandals Resort in the Bahamas
Reid Pascarella (left) and her husband (right) are seen with their lawyer John Nicholas Lannizzi
Instead of canceling their lavish wedding, the pair decided to go through with the ceremony because they said they did not want to disappoint the 70 guests who flew to the Caribbean for their nuptials.
Sandals claimed they fired Adderley that same night, however, the couple said the next morning the butler called their room to take her breakfast order 'as if the assault had never happened.'
The butler (pictured) said he pleaded guilty to the sex crime to dodge jail time
'It was surreal. It just didn't feel like what you grow up imagining your whole life what your wedding would be like,' Reid said.
Sandals offered to refund the newlyweds $15,000 for the event on the condition that they sign a nondisclosure agreement.
'Throughout the process, the [resort staff] were just very dismissive,' Pascarella told the Post.
'They didn't want us to call the police. I think they were just doing everything they could not to escalate this and just move on.'
Reid Pascarella underwent two years of therapy following the traumatic assault.
'I was diagnosed with PTSD,' she added.
'This was a guy who came in and was assigned to them as a butler to make it a memorable wedding - and indeed he did, but it is a ghastly memory for them,' the couple's lawyer, John Nicholas Iannuzzi, told The Post.
A Sandals spokeswoman said in a statement: 'There is nothing more important than the safety and security of our guests, and we take allegations of criminal assault at our resorts seriously.
'We have worked tirelessly over decades to create a safe and enjoyable environment at our resorts, and our efforts include collaborating with various government and law enforcement resources to ensure we are among the safest resorts operating in the Caribbean.'
The bride (left) has been diagnosed with PTSD and has gone to therapy for two years
The butler pleaded guilty to indecent assault after the couple insisted that police get involved