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sfl-ketut-pujayasa-20140218Fort Lauderdale, Florida — A cruise worker aboard the MS Nieuw Amsterdam admitted to beating, raping and then attempting to throw a passenger overboard from her cabin’s balcony.

According to the victim’s report, Holland America cruise line employee Ketut Pujayasa, 28, appeared in her darkened room in the middle of the night and punched, strangled, and raped her.

Objects he used in the assault included a curling iron, a laptop computer, and a phone cord. She reportedly lost consciousness at least once during the incident. Prosecutors say the attack left her “covered in blood from head to toe.”

Pujayasa joins a long list of other people who seem to be trying to show the world that Florida-based crime is a little weirder and more extreme than the rest of the country. . .

The assault happened on Valentine’s Day, and it ruined the holiday for other passengers who don’t find brutal, graphic violence romantic.

According to the FBI’s report, Pujayasa was retaliating against an insult from the victim. After he knocked three times on the victim’s door she said, “Wait a minute, son of a bitch!” This angered the Indonesian citizen so much that he plotted revenge.

His first plan was to locate the woman on the Lido deck 9 and punch in her the face, but he abandoned that plan after realizing the area was too crowded. He then used his company-issued master key to enter the victim’s empty room and hid on her balcony.

When the woman returned, Pujayasa started his assault. He later told authorities he tried to cover up the attack by throwing her overboard. Pujayasa only stopped assaulting the victim because someone was knocking on the victim’s stateroom door.

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Pujayasa escaped, naked from the waist down, by jumping from balcony to balcony. When he returned to his cabin, he instructed his cabin mate to call ship security. He was detained on the ship until it reached Port Everglades. Since company policy strongly forbids savage beatings and rape, he was immediately fired.

The victim was taken via air ambulance to a hospital in South Florida. According to the cruise line, Holland America arranged for the victim’s family to fly to South Florida, so they can be with her while she recovers.

>A statement from the company read in part, “We continue to work closely with authorities to understand how this incident occurred and what additional actions we can take to help ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.”

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  • Miss_Ann_thrope

    I am sure the cruise line will offer her money back and a free future cruise as compensation – they always do.

  • Jessie

    Can you imagine catching a glimpse of this pants-less, blood-covered goon jumping from balcony to balcony while on your vacation? I don’t understand the allure of taking a cruise. You’re trapped on a floating city in the middle of nowhere. Hundreds or thousands of miles from real medical assistance. No way to find you if you fall. No thanks.

  • Delaney3030

    That’s polite of them.

  • Taster’sChoice

    They better do a little better than that! She is fiddin’ to get PAID.

  • After one of my best friends went (solo!) on a cruise to Alaska and returned saying it was one of the best experiences of her life, I’ve been awfully tempted to go. But between noro-virus outbreaks and savage sexual assaults, I’m finding it increasingly difficult to pull the trigger.

  • itsknotme

    “… pants-less, blood-covered goon jumping from balcony to balcony ..”

    So, mermen really do exist?!?!?

  • Jessie

    Don’t forget the mechanical failures, too! My sister called me yesterday to try and organize a family cruise to the Bahamas. She couldn’t understand why I wasn’t totally thrilled about the idea.

  • Stanley_Ipkiss

    “He later told authorities he tried to cover up the attack by throwing her overboard”
    Why doesnt this guy keep his mouth shut? He deserves everything he gets but surely he has the sense to know that was something he should have kept to himself instead of digging a deeper hole.

  • Dirk

    As a non-apologist for Muslims where deserved: this guy’s name has Balinese Hindu written all over it.

  • Buffettgirl


  • Buffettgirl

    One more reason to never take a cruise! So the victim said “Wait a minute, son of a bitch!” and he gets insulted? Hey, Fucktard, it might not have had anything to do with you, or you knocking on the door. She might have been in the middle of something that had NOTHING to do with you. If you are going to take everything everyone says so personally, the service industry isn’t for you!

  • Lena60

    I have read/heard too many horror stories, about people disappearing on cruise ships, now we know why.what acreepy little turd this guy is.That woman was minding her own business, when he got a bug up his ass to attack her.Why was he knocking on her door in the first place?

  • thebossessecretary

    They’re hiring people from all over the world. Who the hell knows who’s on the ship?

  • Duncan Manwood

    I am never insulted when I am called “son of a bitch”. There’s no denying that my mother is indeed a bitch.

  • Texas Ranger

    Damn, I’d have been dead if he’d heard what I would have called the little dumass sorry motherfucker.

  • Any reason in particular you believe ethnicity/religion should be noted in regard to this story? Legitimately curious. I feel as though it’s common knowledge that individuals of any race, religion, creed, ethnicity, etc. can be horrendous failures of humanity. I tend to think such characteristics are only noteworthy when the perp is clergy or an established representative of (insert social faction here).

  • letinstar

    “son of bitch” is a trigger word for this son of a bitch…good to know…

  • Heather_Habilatory

    Can we just throw him in the ocean??? Far, far, far away from land?

  • Vesper B

    I’d love to go on the Alaskan cruise (kid’s godparents went on one and it was beautiful) but the poo-ppo cruise completely turned me off cruises!

  • newstarshipsmell

    Fuck you, Rachel!

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    Fuck you, Rachel!

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    What makes this a “Florida” crime?

    The ship is owned by the Netherlands, most likely registered to the same, the perp is of Indonesian citizenry, and it happened in the Atlantic ocean. The only parts of this story that are of Floridian origin are the hospital, and the embarkation & disembarkation points.

    Having said that, I hope the woman has a speedy recovery.

  • Dre Mosley

    If he seethed and quietly raged about something like that all day long and took things this far, perhaps they should start psych evals on potential employees. Dude, what the fuck? Who’s to say she was even directing that at him?

  • Dirk

    I’ve seen plenty of idiotic anti-Muslim comments on news sites’ coverage of the story, and figured I’d go prophylactic here.
    As it turns out, DD attracts a higher class of commenter, whose hate and rage are seldom misdirected.

  • mean birch

    Fuck you Rachel.

  • HAL 9000

    With typically no Indonesian corner of the exercise yard, our little rapist friend will soon learn the otherwise vast diversity America offers from the rainbow of Daddies he soon will encounter. He’s gonna be a busy boy.

  • Death2Jesus

    Stripped, Raped, Strangled

  • Jessie

    Unless they’re fat. Then its on.

  • Dirk


  • DeweyCheatam

    It’s one of the reasons I have never, ever, ever, been tempted to take a cruise. Some of them have 3500 passengers plus all the crew. That’s like a small floating city and statistically speaking, someone in the mix is gonna be a fucking problem.

  • DeweyCheatam

    Didn’t they offer people from one of those “from hell” cruises something like a discount of $100 on their NEXT cruise?!?! That’s when I’d start suing.

  • Dirk

    Cultural context – a soccer player in Indonesia just got fined $3K and suspended for two matches for calling a referee a dog. (“Bitch?”)
    The referee responded like a normal human being, though, i.e. ignored it.

  • Michael Roe

    Fuck this guy. Hopefully he’ll f get this treatment in prison. The son of a bitch. Someone should respite and kill his mother

  • sfirony

    She should have paid extra to cruise like a Norwegian .

  • Carrie Burton

    As someone who loves to take cruises… who loves to walk around at night along the railing of the boat alone in the middle of the ocean just to watch the waves crash against the boat… who loves that little piece of quiet time to soak up the essence of something beautiful alone to gain a little piece of sanity while on a boat filled with thousands of people.. this is extremely scary. And horrible. We have had plenty of cabin staff who were so awesome and we loved just talking to them and catching where they are from, etc… it’s just scary to think just because you say “wait a minute, son of a bitch” that could possibly lead to rape, beatings & death.. did he ever think it could have been a possibility that he startled her by his knock… that while trying to make it to the door she possibly ‘stumped her toe’ and blurted out ‘son of a bitch’ because i mean call me crazy but that SAME scenario has happened to me and i have done the SAME thing, words & all!

  • I can dig it.

  • Leasha

    So no charges filed yet? Typical Florida.

  • Leasha

    Perhaps she was making the comment toward him, in which case this creep needs to learn that after at least the 2nd knock and no one answers, safe to say they’re busy and/or want to be left the fuck alone.

  • Buffettgirl

    She might very well have been, I was playing Captain Obvious, it more than likely wasn’t directed at him and that he needs to drop the persecution bit. It’s not a good trait to have if you are going into the service industry.

  • Floppypuss

    Was she at least hot? I mean, I can understand if she was some hot little piece of Beverly Hills ass that needed to be taught a lesson… but if she was some kind of obese Islamic girl then this crazy riddle Asian is out his mind…

  • Lena60

    Thats what I was wondering also.I think it is just his lame attempt at an excuse….A bad one.

  • Kelly Eklectusbird

    There’s a whole series of ads featuring ‘Ketut’ here in Australia. Bet the insurance company is kicking themselves now! haha!

  • LibraLady100776

    Fucking scumbag! Throw his ass into shark infested waters or the Everglades!

  • mrskailuakona

    So many passengers don’t get that criminals are hired from other countries to work on cruise ships so it’s just a matter of Or other passengers in “international waters” commit crimes like throwing their spouses overboard even the cruise ship won’t turn around sometimes as they keep moving. No announcement is ever made: Man Overboard! You won’t hear those words. Teen girl served alcohol by cruise ship bartender falls overboard only her flip flops are left behind. Another passenger given Ecstasy then OD’s. The list goes on & on. Someone dies the cruise ship just hides the body. Did you know the tour operators for excursions off the boat even the doctor on board are not cruise ship employees? Once you’re in “international waters” it’s a free free for alll ‘cos who are you gonna call? Ghostbusters? Just look it up!

    P. S. Next time lady smart mouth don’t even attempt to berate a cruise ship employee unless you’re looking to take a swim with the sharks! I feel for her but yet I don’t ‘cos it’s LMAO

  • mrskailuakona
  • Quasimodem1969

    I bet that they generously compensate her with a 15% discount on her next cruise with them.

  • Sejanus

    Design your Vacation is their whole thing right now….having gone over their site I am not sure where to find the assault rape package. I hope that little frigger gets what’s coming to him in prison.
    As for the cruise lines….pony up the dough, don’t even try to go to court on this one cuz a jury would award MILLIONS.

  • Eyam Ova-Urazis

    Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Due to the limited supply of norovirus this week, we’ll be sending a cabin boy to rape you. Enjoy the rest of the cruise!