Below Deck crew member fired after trying to sneak into 'unconscious' stewardess' bed
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In scenes that left viewers shocked, a Below Deck Down Under crew member was fired after he tried to sneak into the room of an 'unconscious' and drunk stewardess and get into bed with her 'without consent'.
The uncomfortable-to-watch clip from the cult Bravo show saw bosun, Luke Jones, climb into co-star and stewardess, Margot Sisson's bunk - when she'd told him she didn't want to sleep with him.
Despite this, in the back of the cab to the charter vessel, Jones was overly flirty with Sisson despite the protests of other crew members.
Sisson's line manager, chief steward Aesha Scott, who has spoken on the show about being sexual assaulted herself, told deckhand, Culver Bradbury, that she just wanted to 'chaperone her a bit.'
Before climbing aboard, Sisson made it clear that she wanted 'to go to bed' - and didn't want Jones to share her bunk.
Jones came in to Sisson's cabin wearing boxers, asking her to hang out in the hut tub.
Scott told Sisson: "I just saw the way that Luke was looking at you, and I'm feeling very protective."
Sisson replied: "I'm glad you're here. I don't want to go in the jacuzzi, I want to go bed. All I want is water and bed, no Luke."
With the red light against anything romantic, Scott helped Sisson back to her cabin assuring her that she wouldn't allow her to be 'taken advantage of.'
Tucking her into bed with a glass of water and kiss on the forehead, Scott told Sisson: "I'd just like to see you get into bed safely."
But when the rest of the crew were distracted by a power outage, after a brief dip in his underwear, Luke removed his wet underwear and made an attempt to climb into bed with a lone Sisson.
This was the moment at which producers stepped in, asking Jones to leave Sisson alone.
Slamming the door on production and climbing into bed with her, Jones said angrily: "Can you f**k off for a second?"
But production had a duty of care to protect Sisson: "We can't do that, she said no, she said no," before he was removed from the room and locked himself in his own bathroom.
Scott then asked: "Did you consent to him being in here?"
"No, I was asleep. I did not invite that at all," said Sisson.
Scott then told Captain Chambers about Jones' attempts to 'take advantage of Margot's drunkenness' while she was 'completely unconscious'.
Chambers went to Jones' room and told him to go to a hotel before firing him the following day.
Jones said: "I accept that," adding that he 'was sorry' and 'disappointed' in himself.
But the following morning, as hangovers and reality set in, when the crew were spoken to about consent, boundaries and the rules aboard - not everyone reacted how they'd hoped.
Second steward Laura Bileskalne showed 'little respect and empathy' toward Sisson, telling her that Jones' termination 'wasn't fair' and that he was probably 'joking' and 'drunk'.
When she insisted he should have been handed a 'warning', Chambers was forced to fire Bileskalne for refusing to 'respect boundaries'.
Viewers tweeted in praise of the crew and production team's actions.
One said: "The #BelowDeckDownUnder producers, Captain Jason, and Aesha gave A MASTERCLASS on prioritizing the safety of employees above everything. Hats off to them."
Tyla has contacted Bravo for a comment.