The woman who is suing Disney tried to enter the monorail when the doors shut on her, her boyfriend said in court records.
“As we were getting on the monorail, the monorail doors slammed shut on Rebecca,” John Ruffin said in an affidavit filed in Orange Circuit Court late last month. “Guests on the outside and myself and others on the inside were trying to pry Rebecca loose from the doors. Eventually we got her out.”
Ruffin’s affidavit gives another witness to support Rebecca Vanturini’s claims, although Disney is fighting back against the lawsuit and denied the allegations. Her lawsuit filed in July is still pending. Vanturini’s attorney filed a notice that he is ready for trial, according to court records.
“Rebecca was badly injured,” Ruffin said. “The monorail speaker came on while she was trapped in the doors and it said there was something malfunctioning and resetting with the monorail.”
A uniformed Disney Cast Member “did nothing to help us get Rebecca out,” Ruffin said in the affidavit.
Vanturini’s lawsuit said it took five men to free her after the monorail doors at EPCOT shut on her without any warning, trapping her.
Vanturini is suing for more than $50,000 over the March incident. Her lawsuit doesn’t give more detail how she was hurt other than she had “a permanent injury to her body.”