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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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61.

tehheh    

He could be a closet gay or a bisexual who promised his wife he'd never have affairs with other women. Aren't many entertainers head cases looking for approval from whomever they can find it? Why is this news with the Supreme Court handing down major decisions his week?

747 days ago
62.

piratesrule8    

Do cruise ship stewards normally offer neck massages ? He seemed perfectly happy to provide this unusual service before Travolta allegedly exposed himself. There may have been some truth in a couple of these claims but most of them are undoubtedly just money grabbers.

747 days ago
63.

kitnplayn    

Why did he wait three years to come forward? I call bullchit. P.S. International waters.

747 days ago
64.

ic    

Leave the man alone...he must have left the church of Scientology so they are trying to wreck his career...there is something very fishy in all this..I don't buy it..

747 days ago
65.

MattG.    

I've been trying to tell people not to sleep on this. Here's an expose I found about ANOTHER one of these people coming out. NUTS!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJNwnlEE5Hw&list=UU_09--FaNDNDbyVhn5d1jDQ&index=5&feature=plcp

747 days ago
66.

Oh A 💛💋    

Damn really ? This **** almost like the tiger woods thing ! But travolta is gay !

747 days ago
67.

johntravoltafans    

Some people have no morals and this idiot just wants money. Don't believe a word. John is a good man, he's a good husband and father and they don't deserve this. Please everyone please post your support for John Travolta.Check http://www.facebook.com/johntravoltafans Thanks for your time

747 days ago
68.

billy cema    

Next we'll hear from a kitchen worker suing John. He'll say John sidled up to him and told him he got turned on by the way he peeled potatoes. He'll claim that John rubbed his crotch against his shoulder and told him not to stop peeling, as he exposed himself!

746 days ago
69.

Chi    

Another MJ saga on the way;accusations and denials. So, how many more are out there?

746 days ago
70.

Harry Kuheim    

I wonder if John knows Jerry Sandusky?

746 days ago
71.

Swan    

Yo, mista Kottah, I, you know, I jus wan ta stick my thang in yo buttocks, ya know, yeeaaa!

746 days ago
72.

edeveryday    

Does anybody have a phone number so I can get in touch with John Travolta? Thanks, Barney Frank

746 days ago
73.

Deskboy    

I believe Travolta

746 days ago
74.

Macksfield    

Its official, I'm the last person in the US to know this about John. I'm bummed, I like him as an actor. But hate to see him acting like a fool.

746 days ago
75.

jessix    

MISCONCEPTIONS and the GAY MYTH:

This is NOT typical gay behavior. John Travolta acts like a sick predator because he continually denies who he is and pretends to be straight.

It's people like Travolta who give rise to the public's misconceptions about gays. His aberrant behavior is a source of anti-gay propaganda that keeps gays from enjoying equal rights in the USA.

It's easy to extrapolate from Travolta's exploits to imaginary behavior of gays and the false claims they will "recruit children" if allowed to teach in schools, or will insist on "instructing" children in the "gay lifestyle".
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Note that Mr. Travolta lives as a straight man. His "Lifestyle" is that of a straight celebrity. His behavior has nothing to do with a "gay lifestyle" if there was such a thing.

John Travolta is an example of a sexual pervert, a predator who appears to live normally with a wife and family and who sneaks out at night to change into a werewolf, serial killer, rapist, or other type of deviant society needs protection from. He is NOT a normal "gay" man who differs from straight men only by the gender of his primary love object, which is the same as his own.

746 days ago
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