The latest season of Below Deck Down Under was rocked by a shocking sexual misconduct scandal this week that saw two cast members sacked from the popular reality series.
And while the ship’s bosun Luke Jones has taken all the heat, there was another crew member on board who also crossed boundaries.
Laura Bileskalne, who was fired shortly after Luke, sparked outrage after climbing into crewmate Adam Kodra’s bunkbed and trying to massage him.
Adam had already told Laura multiple times that he wasn’t interested in pursuing anything with her beyond friendship, but the stubborn stewardess wasn’t receiving the message.
‘I’m not interested in Laura in the slightest,’ Adam told producers. ‘I’ve told her a million times, like I just wanna be friends, but it’s just not getting the point across so I don’t know what to do.’
Scandal: Below Deck Down Under star Laura Bileskalne was fired from the show alongside Luke Jones following a sexual misconduct scandal on this week’s episode of the popular series
Too far: Laura sparked outrage after climbing into crewmate Adam Kodra’s bunkbed and trying to massage him after he’d told her that he wasn’t interested in her romantically
He added, ‘It’s a little awkward because we work together. She needs to stop that s**t.’
After a night of drinking, Laura followed Adam into his cabin despite him stating that she wasn’t allowed to sleep in there with him.
‘We need to close the door,’ she pleaded while holding a tube of moisturiser in her hand.
Once he climbed into the top bunk and tried to go to sleep, Laura started pawing at him before squeezing moisturiser on his back in an attempt to massage him.
She then climbed up into the bunk, at which point producers intervened and ordered her to get down.
‘Laura, I got a message from producers telling you to come down,’ the cameraman informed her.
Crossing the line: Laura followed Adam into his cabin and crawled in the bunk to try and massage him, forcing a camerman to intervene
Come down: ‘Laura, I got a message from producers telling you to come down,’ the cameraman informed her
She then kept rubbing Adam’s back, before a producer burst in and told her to ‘step down’ and go back to her own cabin.
Laura crawled down, but not before leaning in to give an uninterested Adam a kiss on the cheek.
This all happened shortly after Luke had been removed from Margot Sisson’s cabin by producers after he crawled into bed with her, completely naked, while she was half-asleep after a heavy night of drinking.
The following day, both Luke and Laura were sacked by Captain Jason Chambers.
Trying too hard: Laura had repeatedly thrown herself at Adam and he’d rebuffed her advances every time
Not keen: ‘I’m not interested in Laura in the slightest,’ Adam (pictured) told producers. ‘I’ve told her a million times, like I just wanna be friends, but it’s just not getting the point across so I don’t know what to do’
Unfortunately, this is not the first time that the Below Deck franchise has been embroiled in a sexual misconduct scandal.
Last year, Below Deck Sailing Yacht has caused firestorm on social media after a controversial sexual encounter between two cast members.
Stewardess Ashley Marti had sex with the yacht’s First Officer Gary King while he was highly intoxicated, which many viewers deemed ‘inappropriate’.
Things kicked off after the entire crew went out for a boozy dinner during their night off.
Sacked: Luke Jones was fired a few hours before Laura after he climbed into castmate Margot Sisson’s bed while completely naked
Saving the day: Producers rushed in to remove Luke from Margot’s bed, as the stewardess was passed out after a heavy night of drinking
Shocking: Luke jumped out the bed naked and slammed the door on the crew
When they returned to the yacht, Ashley and Gary decided to strip down and get into the jacuzzi together.
They quickly started flirting, with Ashley giving Gary a foot massage as Chef Engineer Colin Macrae and 2nd stewardess Gabriela Barragán watched from a distance.
‘Ashley is f***ing desperate for Gary,’ commented Colin, while Gabby added: ‘It’s a game for her. She said that with her own mouth to me.’
Things then escalated, with the pair sharing a kiss before Ashley started straddling Gary in the hot tub.
Backlash: Below Deck Sailing Yacht sparked outrage last year over an ‘inappropriate’ sexual encounter between stewardess Ashley Marti and Gary King (pictured together)
Steamy: The pair shocked their co-stars by getting steamy in a jacuzzi after a drunken night out, before heading downstairs for what was supposed to be a ‘massage’
‘She’s desperate’: Chief Engineer Colin Macrae (right) observed Ashley’s pursuit of Gary as he watched the pair from the sidelines
They then headed downstairs into a guest cabin, with Gary saying: ‘Well, you said you were going to massage me. That’s what I came down here for.’
‘I am massaging you,’ Ashley responded. ‘I’m just so sorry I took my shirt off … I want you to f**k me.’
Slurring his words, Gary responded: ‘Oh yeah? Go on then. Go on then.’
Although the pair weren’t on camera, the mics in the cabin picked up everything they said while a stationary camera filmed the closed door from the outside.
Racy: The pair went to a guest cabin for a massage, but Ashley soon made her intentions for something more extremely clear
Shocking: Although the pair weren’t on camera, the mics in the cabin picked up everything they said while a stationary camera filmed the closed door from the outside
‘I thought I was getting a friendly massage,’ Gary said, before Ashley giggled: ‘You’re f***ing inside of me right now. We’re way past that.’
At this point, Gary expressed that he wanted the encounter to end.
‘Okay. Get it out,’ he slurred. ‘Okay we’re not having sex, we’re not having sex.’
‘It’s already in!’ Ashley replied, as a drunken Gary continued to protest, ‘no, no.’
‘Get it out!’ Once Gary realised that their pair were engaged in intercourse, he asked Ashley to end the encounter
Emergency exit! ‘Okay. Get it out,’ he slurred. ‘Okay we’re not having sex, we’re not having sex’
The next scene showed a shirtless Gary stumbling out of the cabin to head back to his own bunk, which he shares with Colin and chef Marcos Spaziani.
‘I was getting a massage, and then I turned around, and she’s stark as,’ he told the boys.
‘I couldn’t help myself either,’ he continued. ‘I’m like, “I thought I came down here for a massage!”
‘She’s like, “You’re half naked.” I’m like, “I’ve got my pants on.”‘
What happened? The next scene showed a shirtless Gary stumbling out of the cabin to head back to his own bunk, which he shares with Colin and chef Marcos Spaziani
‘I don’t remember’: The next morning, Ashley came into Gary’s bunk and he admitted that he couldn’t recall what happened between them the previous night
Speaking to producers about the situation, Ashley said: ‘I went down to give him a back massage. That was the intention. And other things might have happened, but I don’t want to get into the details of it all.’
The next morning, Ashley came into Gary’s bunk and he admitted that he couldn’t recall what happened between them the previous night.
‘I don’t even remember getting back to the boat last night,’ he moaned, clearly hungover.
‘I came straight back to bed when I got back to the boat,’ he said, as Ashley burst out laughing.
‘You don’t remember when she took you downstairs?’ asked Marcos.
Boundaries: ‘Let’s try not be that drunk because I want to be able to remember it and enjoy it,’ Gary told Ashley the next day
‘I thought we fell asleep’: Gary told producers that he couldn’t remember having sex with Ashley
Speaking to producers, who asked him directly if he ‘had sex with Ashley,’ a confused Gary responded: ‘I remember her giving me a massage and I thought we fell asleep.’
A few hours later, Gary pulled Ashley aside to discuss the incident properly.
‘I think if this is gonna happen again, let’s try not be that drunk because I want to be able to remember it and enjoy it,’ he said.
Talking: Gary later discussed the events of the night with Chief Stewardess Daisy Kelliher
Oh my! Gary explained to Daisy that Ashley had told him she performed oral sex on him
Later that day, the crew spent their day off at a nearby private pool, where Ashley admitted to Gary that she had performed oral sex on him.
Speaking to producers, she then said: ‘I don’t understand how you can have no recollection whatsoever. Normally, everybody’s just f***ing obsessed with me!’
Gary then discussed the events of the night with Chief Stewardess Daisy Kelliher.
‘We were too drunk’: Gary said that he was too intoxicated to remember having sex with Ashley
‘I was white girl wasted’: He went on to share that he had drank too much, going as far as to call himself ‘paralytically f***ed’
‘She said today that she gave me a blowjob,’ he explained. ‘And then we f***ed and I didn’t remember because we were too drunk.
‘I was white girl wasted last night. That’s not nice. That’s not attractive at all. Who would want to have sex with me on a normal basis, let alone when I’m paralytically f***ed?’
The incident sparked outrage on social media, with many viewers feeling like there was a double standard due around gender.
‘His pants came off!’ Ashley discussed her night with Gary with some of her other cast members by the pool
Not buying it? ‘I don’t understand how you can have no recollection whatsoever,’ Ashley told producers
‘If the situation was reversed with Ashley and Gary the internet would be screaming for justice,’ tweeted one viewer.
‘Imagine if Ashley said “we’re not having sex, I came for a massage…” and Gary told her “oh well, it’s already in.” We’d be calling for his head,’ said another.
‘I’m so annoyed and disgusted by Ashley’s behavior. She is completely inappropriate with Gary,’ fumed another.
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