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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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31.

LK    

I PERSONALLY SEEN HIM APPROX 24 YRS AGO ON SPRING BREAK IN CLEAERWATER FL . WITH A GAY LOVER .

543 days ago
32.

LK    

SURE HE IS A GREAT ACTOR .
BUT HE SHD NOT BE EMBARRASSED OF HIS TRUE SEXUALITY !!!

543 days ago
33.

LK    

SCIENTOLOGY IS A MONEY LAUNDERING PYRAMID
SCAM .

543 days ago
34.

KanyeWest    

Mental illness. It can hit anyone of us anytime

543 days ago
35.

SassyFrassy    

Hmmm~ If the cruise ship wins, does this mean Travolta will be a registered sex offender?

543 days ago
36.

LK    

WHERE WAS THE CRUSE SHIP ? WHEN THIS ALL 'WENT DOWN" ? INTERNATIONAL WATERS ??
BETTER CALL INTERPOL !!!!
LOL

543 days ago
37.

Toilethead    

I bet Travolta is a bottom.

543 days ago
38.

Anya    

He's just plain STUPID ! Don't are if he's gay or bi or whatever. The world is filled with a variety of people and willing partners for him (and he has the money to pay if he wants) so there's no excuse for him to be so obnoxious and offending anyone with his ridiculous advances.

543 days ago
39.

Ivan in Phoenix    

John's spray painted hair is hilarious!

543 days ago
40.

LK    

JOHN TRAVOLTA AS VINNIE BARBARINO . LOL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJbn7q19WZk

543 days ago
41.

pepekale    

They'll settle out of court .***'on look at the guy's face!

543 days ago
42.

Phishie from Philly    

Another gay pays to cover up. And this guy is playing Gotti. Are you kidding me.
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Phishie from Philly

543 days ago
43.

Spicy mag    

His head looks like moss. Hence forth you shall be known as Darth Gay Moss Head.

543 days ago
44.

Zambonie    

He's got a brown eye for the massage guy

543 days ago
45.

LK    

WTF TMZ ???
WHY DID U PULL A BUNCH OF MY COMMENTS ???

543 days ago
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