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John Travolta

No Arbitration in

Cruise Ship Massage Suit

2/4/2013 7:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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A federal judge cleared the decks for John Travolta's legal battle with a cruise ship employee -- who claims the star exposed himself -- to play out in open court.

On Friday the judge shut down an argument from Travolta's attorneys that his ticket for the 2009 Royal Caribbean cruise liner included an agreement to settle all disputes between a passenger and the company through arbitration.

As TMZ first reported ... cruise ship steward Fabian Zanzi sued Travolta last June -- claiming the actor exposed his penis in his stateroom and forcibly embraced Zanzi after asking him for a neck massage.

In Friday's ruling, the judge basically said there's no evidence Zanzi is bound by the arbitration agreement between Travolta and Royal Caribbean.

The upshot is this could be headed for trial unless a settlement is reached -- which is common in cases where one side wants to avoid a public trial. So, the judge blocking arbitration also effectively drives up the price on a potential settlement ... though we don't know that's happening in this particular case.

Travolta's attorney has called Zanzi's suit a "ludicrous" attempt to grab "15 minutes of fame" -- and believes Travolta will be "completely vindicated in court."

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16.

Zambonie    

pity the poor who can't afford round the clock messages and turkish baths


Screw obama care, free massages and turkish baths for all

625 days ago
17.

Zambonie    

@OhWell

Let me fix this a bit

John Gayvolta.
You'd Think He Could Afford
A Better Rug For His Bald Head
I Guess Xenu Got
All Of John's Money instead.


tada!

625 days ago
18.

nof    

"The Exploitation Of John Travolta."


-Leeches from the Underworld.


-Emerge/attach themselves to a Hollywood legend.


Hey, it beats looking for a second job!


Don't worry, John -


The Force Is With You.

625 days ago
19.

jdelanoi    

No way Travolta doesn't settle.

625 days ago
20.

Rail Runner    

Sausage-Fest on the Poop-Deck.

625 days ago
21.

Kookla    

John travolta is a good man!!!!!! He's a great father and husband. To think there are bastards out there who can cause a person so much pain and problems with vicious lies not even considering that he was grieving over the death of his son. It's like people aren't afraid of sins anymore but they will get what's coming to them.

625 days ago
22.

moribundman    

The Curious George haircut is very becoming - to a Vulcan.

625 days ago
23.

LK    

WHY IS HE SO WORRIED ABOUT BEING OUTED ??? IS HE ASHAMED ??? DOES HE THINK HE WILL LOSE TICKET $ALES ON HIS MOVIES .
WHAT DOES SCIENTOLOGY CULT THINK OF HOMOSEXUALITY ???

625 days ago
24.

LK    

THIS GUY CAN BUY ANY1'S SILENCE .

625 days ago
25.

LK    

I THINK THERE IS MORE 2 HIS SON DEATH 2

625 days ago
26.

HillbillyHell    

He was great in "Pulp Fiction"....ditto in "Get Shorty".

625 days ago
27.

LK    

HE CAN FLY 2 ANY PART OF WORLD & PAY 4 SEX ??? PPL WILL DO ANTHG IF THE PRICE IS RIGHT ?
NOT 2 MENTION ALL THE 3RD WORLD COUNTRIES, HE CAN HIRE POOR MALE PROSTITUTE ANYTIME & THEY WON'T EVEN KNOW WHO HE IS .
JUST ANOTHER CREEPY AMERICAN TOURIST TRICK 2 THEM .

625 days ago
28.

AlwaysOnTimeB    

Uh-oh, money will definitely be paid now. I don't think JT's publicist will want the intricate details smeared all over the net.

625 days ago
29.

LK    

WHAT HAPPENED 2 "PRIDE" ??

625 days ago
30.

KanyeWest    

We need more news. Like what happened to lil Wayne at the Super Bowl

625 days ago
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