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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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91.

ROBERT    

J. Revolta

793 days ago
92.

Howie    

Kelly Preston must be desperate for money and fame to stay married to her gay husband. She is a laughing stock. What a couple of frauds the 2 of them are. If he wants to be gay, that's fine, but he shouldn't pretend to be straight and keep assaulting poor men who can't afford top-notch lawyers to fight Travolta's high-priced legal talent.

793 days ago
93.

michaelarcangel    

john, humility beats satan...there are many demons, many who will find their souls are satans and become more and more accusing..have faith....angels are at your side...(and hell was created for a purpose......)

793 days ago
94.

FreeVegas com    

It looks like John is still looking for love in all the wrong places!

793 days ago
95.

oceangeorge    

I think it's the right decision from the cruise worker to let someone know if someone has acted out of line.

792 days ago
96.

dean Hilgeman    

John obviously needs another e-meter reading and some more of those thetans removed so he can again become a "clear" isn't that what the scientologist nutbags call it?

792 days ago
97.

Rin    

I find it hilarious that more people find this ludicrous because police reports weren't filed when it happened but Herman Cain was accused of stuff going back 10 or more years ago and he was guilty, it didn't matter no one came forward until he was doing so well with his run for president. Only difference between Cain and Travolta is, Cain allegations died as soon as he dropped out, Travolta's aren't going anywhere it seems, they are just piling up. Funny how biased and unfair liberals are.

792 days ago
98.

michael    

john as a person of belief and spiritual strength, realize there are demons..yes on earth as human beings.that will test each and every action you make and however absurd it sounds god see and his angels take aim....dont be shaken for there are angels created to take and slay such demons.....they are able, strong and faithful to gods children as well as god..as for the decievers....let them say and do what they may, for forever is not theirs but ours.

792 days ago
99.

susanna king    

Its hell being a celebrity now days. Everyone and any one wants to sue you just because your famous

792 days ago
100.

Juergensen    

All Hollywood is Jewish and/or homosexual.

792 days ago
101.

matt    

How long til someone exposes George Clooney

792 days ago
102.

Gr82Bstr8    

Here is yet another fine example of the typical Hollyweird star that believes that the anal sphincter is a two way valve. Has anyone checked him for gerbil abuse?

792 days ago
103.

luxomni    

IT's a crapshoot with nothing to lose and millions to gain. Accuse some rich and famous person and wait for the settlement [cheaper than fighting]. Lawyer and client win either way.

792 days ago
104.

Bettsie     

John Travolta is a POS

791 days ago
105.

jayman419    

There were pictures of him at an event, with shots of the back of his head, and in the lights it was clearly visible that he is still balding, he just has a thin rug covering it now. It looks terrible.

He has the money, he should just get it done right.

788 days ago
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