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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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76.

gc    

Travolta is Beyond Gay and always has been.

662 days ago
77.

dooky    

John "gonna let him in" Travolta has some man issues.

662 days ago
78.

dandydan    


Maybe he thought the stain on your shirt was a nittany lion!

662 days ago
79.

Beth    

I worked on a cruise ship. I do believe the cruise line would try to hush this up. Crew were always talking about passengers trying to get them involved in sexual encounters. RC would most certainly try to protect Travolta, crew is nothing to them.

662 days ago
80.

Beth    

I worked on a cruise ship. I do believe the cruise line would try to hush this up. Crew were always talking about passengers trying to get them involved in sexual encounters. RC would most certainly try to protect Travolta, crew is nothing to them.

662 days ago
81.

Kelli A.    

Amid all the controversy this sketch show has a pretty funny Travolta story. Watch it on youtube here -->youtu.be/QJNwnlEE5Hw

662 days ago
82.

Kelli A.    

Amid all the controversy this sketch show has a pretty funny Travolta story. Watch it on youtube here -->youtu.be/QJNwnlEE5Hw

662 days ago
83.

walter12    

If all this stuff is true, it is pretty sad and pathetic. No more Travolta movies for me.

662 days ago
84.

Rob    

Zanzi claims Travolta said he was beautiful. Well, we know that's a lie. This jug-eared, dog faced man is NOT beautiful.

662 days ago
85.

WhateverAgain    

Who cares anymore! Won't distract me from liking him anyways. These people pursing him are money whores.

662 days ago
86.

el polacko    

guess travolta misunderstood the meaning of a "cruise" ship.

662 days ago
87.

Kevin Gregg    

Wait a minute. Travolta told this guy Marty Zanzi that he is beautiful? With this web article I'm looking at the photo of Zanzi. Zanzi looks like Steve Carell undergoing chemotherapy with a broken nose. Something tells me Travolta has a better sense of aesthetics than that.

662 days ago
88.

BOBBO77    

i bet he was doing mr cotter too,,,idiot

662 days ago
89.

TRE    

The only reason this is "news" is because John Travolta is supposed to be a happily married heterosexual. If he were an out of the closet flaming queen, no one would give a care.

However, Travolta walks the Scientology walk and so he has the entire Scientology SEA organization making sure the rest of the world can laugh off this ridiculous homo stuff because homosexuality is a virus planted by the evil aliens.

662 days ago
90.

John Smatren    

I saw Battlefield Earth and felt that my intellect had been raped.
Give me money now, John!

662 days ago
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