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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.
165 COMMENTS

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46.

TXLA    

Here we go again.....

815 days ago
47.

cranky    

Dear Fabian,
You wish

815 days ago
48.

The Truth Hurts    

I have the hard time believing this guy. First he is ugly as hell and second who in the world would say that guy is attractive? Unless John Travolta likes ugly men which it seems since all the people who came forward to sue are either fat or ugly I don't believe it. If I was John and gay I would hire a gay porn star who knows how to keeps his mouth shut and would be hot

815 days ago
49.

nicaw    

where there's smoke, there's fire.

815 days ago
50.

Yep I said that    

So this guy is delivering food and also does neck massages?

815 days ago
51.

Maricela    

how do you know they aren't telling the truth, I guess having made a deal with the devil in scientology is coming back to bite them in the ass

815 days ago
52.

ryan    

The guy is clearly FOS. He wouldve tok the 12K thats for sure but instead hes suing. Such B.S.

815 days ago
53.

katiewon    

This is getting weird...guys coming out of the woodwork (oh bad pun!) making virtually the same claim and all these 'rumors' in Hollywood about Travolta being gay. To me, if he was gay why hide it? You think Scientology would kick him out? Noooo, they would just adjust the rules to suit him. "If you have been a member for more than 10 years, then what you do with your member is your business." No, something else is going on here and forcing yourself on another person is NOT gay it's assault.

815 days ago
54.

Onefinn    

As a gay I can say this, that guy was not that offended, if it happened which I doubt, My gaydar is flying off the charts with Mr Yellow sweater guy,

815 days ago
55.

Cheetara    

Things ain't looking too good for John and he already looks like he's going to crack any minute.

815 days ago
56.

Majestik    

Well, considering a post two days ago about Timothy Busfield's accuser's case being shot down for supposedly groping her during a DATE, I'm trying to figure out how Travolta hugging him with a hard on is assault? I'm not trying to justify anything here but the last post from the Cruise ship said this guy had no business giving Travolta a massage. He should've walked out the door after delivering the food then went to his superiors should Travolta pursued him and possibly blocked his exit. SMH, not sure folks.

815 days ago
57.

txcn    

Who cares anyway. this isn"t even worth 15 minutes anymore 1 will do it.

Cruise ships are international aren"t they, so hopefully he is suing from where ever he is from. I would think American courts have enough of their own problems to deal with. And I hope is lawyer is paid in pesos or whatever currency South America or where ever it is he is from uses. Maybe they can be paid in Canadian currancy, Loonies and Toonies. Describes these people perfectly wing nuts and cartoon characters. A loonie (nd only one) for the whiny cabin boy, and a single toonie for the cartoon joke of a lawyer he has.

815 days ago
58.

Selene Herrera    

Leave him alone!

815 days ago
59.

Sandra     

Like Travolta but something is off with him!!

815 days ago
60.

Joao    

I don't doubt that Travolta is gay but it sounds to me that guys beef should have been with the ship if they refused to convey the report as he stated, but there's an issue of his immigration status [hummm]

815 days ago
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