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John Travolta

Cruise Ship Steward

Sues Actor for Assault

6/25/2012 9:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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11:12 AM PT -- Travolta's lawyer Marty Singer just released a statement, claiming, "This is another ludicrous lawsuit with inane claims.  It is obvious that Mr. Zanzi and his lawyers are looking for their 15 minutes of fame."

Click here for the full statement.

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The cruise ship steward who claims John Travolta exposed himself during a neck massage and then embraced him is suing the actor for assault.

Fabian Zanzi was working on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in 2009.  Travolta, who was a passenger on the ship, had ordered food and asked that Zanzi deliver it to his stateroom.  When Zanzi was in the room, Travolta allegedly asked for a neck massage.  Zanzi claims when he reached for Travolta's neck, the actor dropped his robe and exposed his erect penis and then forcefully embraced him.

Travolta allegedly then told Zanzi he was "beautiful" and said, "Take me, I will take care of you, please."

Zanzi says he resisted, and then Travolta offered him $12k to maintain a wall of silence.

Zanzi says he went to cruise ship management to complain but they refused to allow him to write out any details regarding nudity or sexual contact.

Zanzi is suing for unspecified damages.

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11:12 AM PT -- Travolta's lawyer Marty Singer just released a statement, claiming, "This is another ludicrous lawsuit with inane claims.  It is obvious that Mr. Zanzi and his lawyers are looking for their 15 minutes of fame.

"The lawsuit’s ridiculous claims are completely contradicted by what Mr. Zanzi told his employer back in 2009 when he was being disciplined for his own violations of company policy.  In his handwritten report three years ago, the only physical contact he claimed occurred was allegedly touching my client’s neck.  The inappropriate conduct he alleges in his lawsuit is absent from his written report he submitted at the time.  That glaring omission speaks volumes.  Also calling his credibility into question is his dubious allegation that his employer supposedly restrained him in a room on the cruise ship for five days, yet after that supposedly occurred, Mr. Zanzi continued to work for Royal Caribbean for years, on multiple ships.  Now, after waiting three years, and after getting paid to tell his story to the media, Mr. Zanzi has filed this absurd lawsuit.  
 
"We are confident that my client will prevail on the merits and that he will be completely vindicated in court."

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The cruise ship steward who claims John Travolta exposed himself during a neck massage and then embraced him is suing the actor for assault.

Fabian Zanzi was working on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in 2009.  Travolta, who was a passenger on the ship, had ordered food and asked that Zanzi deliver it to his stateroom.  When Zanzi was in the room, Travolta allegedly asked for a neck massage.  Zanzi claims when he reached for Travolta's neck, the actor dropped his robe and exposed his erect penis and then forcefully embraced him.

Travolta allegedly then told Zanzi he was "beautiful" and said, "Take me, I will take care of you, please."

Zanzi says he resisted, and then Travolta offered him $12k to maintain a wall of silence.

Zanzi says he went to cruise ship management to complain but they refused to allow him to write out any details regarding nudity or sexual contact.

Zanzi is suing for unspecified damages.
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get a life ho    

I wonder if a sketch artist will come into play .,.,.,,.(pun intended)

858 days ago
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Rydog    

Wow I guess things really are that bad for Nicholas Cage huh? Working for Royal Carribean, calling himself "Fabian" with a gay yellow sweater and his mouth wide open like that? I don't think anyone can pay off that IRS bill with just his mouth.

858 days ago
3.

Big D    

Really 2009! Isn't it 2012 now?

858 days ago
4.

TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

Damn it John...Just come out of the closet already for crying out loud.

858 days ago
5.

Crabbey    

Travolta just needs to come out already. Good grief.

858 days ago
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dd    

Bull s.... you are a waiter if someone asks you to give them a massage you excuse yourself and call that department, you don't just whip out the hands and start massaging.

858 days ago
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patty    

Travolta wants his cake and eat it too! Kelly must of had some suspicion, there's been rumors for years. He probably won't come out of the closet because his crazy scientology friends will shun him. He will settle all these lawsuits, just watch....

858 days ago
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rich-arrrd    

John stop touching guys!

858 days ago
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KnuckleDragger    

Travolta doesn't strike me as that arrogant to risk exposing himself as bi-sexual. This guy's got enough money to invite a sex partner on a cruise...or any other time he wants to get his load off. This is a smart guy...not a cease-the-moment flaming queer.

858 days ago
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Eric in L.A.    

I don't get it. Why don't John Travolta and Tom Cruise get together and do things to each other. They are both Scientologist. Which believe being Gay is wrong. LOL

858 days ago
11.

patti    

Another bottom feeder (no pun intended) looking for an undeserved payoff.

858 days ago
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Rhubino    

"Zanzi claims when he reached for Travolta's neck". Well Geez, Zanzi, you turned the light green for old Vinnie yourself. I doubt "random masseuse" was part of your job description.

858 days ago
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Amber    

Something is absolutely not right here!~ It's probably that crazy relegion they are part of! Wait, Scientology doesn't approve of rights do they?? No wonder he's trying this on a cruiser ship with a foreigner that he thinks wouldn't speak up... John, just come out already!!!!

858 days ago
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Glenda     

What is up with all these people coming after John Travolta? If he gay so what, but if he isn't, then someones got it out for him. Are these people just jumping on the bandwagon, or are these legit accusations? So far no one has one a case or fought a case in open court for these so called occurrences.

858 days ago
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Say It Isn't So    

poor fella can't catch a break, eh? one has to wonder if many of these claims are folks jumping on the band wagon. i mean, WHY WAIT for years to file, if u were REALLY offended/assaulted, etc.?!?!?

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