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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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16.

Baker    

Well we currently live in a world where "coming out" is not acceptable, safe or where it will afford you anything. We live in a world where gay people are bullied, made fun of, beat up, killed etc. The Catholic church preaches every day how abnormal being gay is. Not to go to siblings weddings if they are gay, don't acknowledge their odd behavior etc. States passing laws to ban gay marriage even though most people think it is ok. People are born GAY. They have the same red blood running in their veins as everyone else. There is NOTHING wrong with you if you are gay. You deserve to be just as happy as anyone else on the planet. Being gay does not hurt anyone else. Get over it already.

759 days ago
17.

DaveT    

Bahaha like the guy would turn down $12 thousand smackers :D

759 days ago
18.

LasVegasResidency    

TMZ, stop letting the morons post without being notified when someone replies to their ignorant comment. More than likely they already know they have nothing going for them but it would speed up the process if they knew everyone hated them. Thank you and please implement the changes

759 days ago
19.

kerrplunk    

Why is Fabian's mouth open? Yeah right!!!!!

759 days ago
20.

Poopey Poopstein    

At least John Revolta is sticking to men over 18 unlike that low life Sandicky. and it doesn't sound like he's raping them either. This male hoar "Fabian" needs to STFU and GTFO. You just know he's had plenty of peen in his time.

759 days ago
21.

Who Knew    

This guy just needs to come out, or it's going to cost him a fortune.

759 days ago
22.

c    

Ha! I love how all the dumb****s that file these lawsuits act like the celebrities were dying to sleep with them because they are so beautiful yet the people are all ugly as hell. If you’re going to try and extort money from a celebrity at least make it plausible.

759 days ago
23.

Jennifer    

True Story.... I live in Dallas and have a friend that worked at The Four Seasons Hotel. John Travolta stayed at that Hotel. She told me he asked for only males to give him a massage. Since she worked in the spa of the Hotel she knew all the people she worked with well. Guess what? They told her that John was VERY FRIENDLY with them and gave assumptions that he was wanting to play..... I heard this story well over a year ago and now this is coming out..... I believe all these men, John is a switch hitter for sure.... Why doesn't he just play with gay men is my question?!?!

759 days ago
24.

LittleBIt    

Bull*hit!!!!! Pure Bull*hit!

759 days ago
25.

voice of reason    

Not a gay defender,but unless it happen yesterday,non story,just another leach leaching

759 days ago
26.

MsSuburbia    

Travolta's "gayness" isn't anyone else's problem. But his aggressive, assaultive behavior IS. I don't understand why Zanzi isn't suing Royal Caribbean instead though. They're the ones who suppressed the report. They're complicit in the sexual harassment/assault. Royal Caribbean is the bigger problem in this scenario. That's a terrible (and illegal) way to treat their employees.

759 days ago
27.

Margo    

If Travolta said "take me" that means he's the "bottom" bitch. He needs to come out of the closet, but he won't. Really sad.

759 days ago
28.

Sylvia    

I had a friend who is LAPD, he told me he worked as security for the back of his house for Travolta, he said Travolta had a double life, bringing feminine men trough the back of the house, that would not leave until the next day in the morning. He also told me, Travolta, checked him out, as if he was a girl. He also said that his wife would go through the front door with other men. He said their marriage seem like a front.

759 days ago
29.

karlew    

He`s lying.

759 days ago
30.

opie    

Cmon John, just come out and tell us your gay. The problem is that the Scientology cult will make you disappear....

759 days ago
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